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Monday 5 November 2012

Cheshire East in country’s top five for early education

Cheshire East has come fifth in the whole country for providing excellent education to youngsters in their first year at school – and third for narrowing the gap between the lowest and highest achieving students.

The new research released by the Department for Education, shows impressive improvements in children’s development by the end of their reception class.

More youngsters than ever had reached a good level of development in emotional development, communication, language and literacy skills.

It means Cheshire East is now the fifth best performing local authority in England, out of 152 local authorities, and is positioned first against statistically similar authorities.

The local authority also came third in the country for narrowing the gap between the lowest performing children and the best. Based upon this year’s result, the gap has closed by seven per cent over three years.

This means the gap stands at 25 per cent – the third smallest in England, having narrowed more than twice the national average rate since 2009.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member in charge of children and family services, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this news and it just confirms what we already know – that the standard of education within Cheshire East is truly excellent.

“Evidence shows that giving learners the best opportunity as early as possible provides the platform for greater achievements as they progress through their educational years and beyond.

“The work of the Early Years Team within children and family services has been instrumental in bringing about these significant improvements.

“Targeted programmes within settings and schools to improve the tracking of pupil progress, use and interpretation of data and early language development, have paid huge dividends and continues to be the foundation of our Early Years strategy.”

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