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Primary school league tables show 1,310 schools failing on English and maths []

More than 1,000 primary schools are failing to reach official targets for teaching children the basics of English and maths, according to figures published on Thursday.

League tables show 1,310 primary schools in England fall below the expected standards, while about 150 schools have been below the "floor standard" for five consecutive years.

Doggedly under-performing primary schools face a change of management, either by converting them to academies or merging them with a successful school nearby.

The figures for schools are based on the results of tests taken by more than half a million 11-year-olds in May. The percentage of children reaching the expected level in English and maths rose in this year's tests.

However, a third of pupils failed to achieve the expected standard – level four – in reading, writing and mathematics combined. One in 10 boys is leaving primary school with the reading age of a seven-year-old, the figures show.


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