Primary schools in Dundee have received a mixed report card after numeracy and literacy statistics were released.
In a report published by the Scottish Government, Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) levels for 2017/18 show that in some cases less than half of primary one, four and seven pupils are meeting government targets.
But it was a brighter outlook in five of the city’s secondary schools, where they achieved more than 90% in some fields.
The reports list the percentage of children achieving the CfE relevant to their stage.
It relates to P1 children at early level, P4 children at first level, P7 children at second level and a combined figure for the three year groups (shown in the table above), with the subjects accessed being English reading, English writing, English listening and talking, and numeracy.
In year groups at certain schools across the city, less than half the pupils are meeting targets in the different fields.
Between 30-40% of P4 pupils at Rowantree Primary are achieving their CfE level in English writing and numeracy, with 40-50% of them achieving their English reading level.
Figures for Craigowl Primary show that between 40-50% of P7 pupils achieved their relevant CfE level in English writing and in numeracy.
Less than half of P7 pupils at Our Lady’s RC Primary have achieved their CfE level in numeracy, while 30-40% of P4 pupils and 40-50% of P1 pupils at Tayview Primary are achieving their level in English writing.
It’s a similar story at St Fergus RC Primary, where 40-50% of P4 pupils are achieving their writing and numeracy levels.
Dundee City Council’s children and families services convener, Stewart Hunter, said: “What we are trying to do is make sure that all our young people achieve to the best of their ability.
“The attainment gap is closing, we are starting to see better figures for our reading, writing and numeracy.
“We are seeing the wee pockets where there is still work to be done. We try to support the head teacher and staff who do a really great job of working with the young people to help that gap close.
“Teachers in classrooms are observing the children all the time. They are aware of certain children who need extra help.
“I’m confident that the work that schools are doing is making a difference and we will continue to support the work that they are doing.”
At Baldragon Academy, students are achieving more than 90% in reading, writing, listening and talking categories.
It’s also a positive picture at Grove Academy, where pupils are achieving more than 90% in the same subjects. St John’s RC Academy also boasts 90% in the three categories.
Braeview Academy and Harris Academy have got over the same mark for listening and talking and writing respectively.
The information provided relates to achievement by the pupil at June 2018, which marked the end of the 2017/18 school year.
It’s broken down into each school across local authorities in Scotland.
Figures across the country show that three in 10 children leaving primary school are doing so without reaching the required levels of literacy.
Scottish Conservative shadow education secretary Liz Smith said: “Notwithstanding a very welcome rise in teacher numbers, there remain some grim statistics.
“The fact that one in three pupils is leaving primary school without reaching basic standards in literacy is the main worry.”