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Primaries 'failing on three Rs'

Nearly 1,000 primary schools would fail to hit proposed new targets on English and Maths, official figures suggest.

The new targets, published in a white paper last month, would see primary schools required to ensure that at least 60 per cent of pupils reach the standard expected for their age group - Level 4 - in the two core subjects.

But league tables which have been published show some 962 primary schools out of the 11,500 for whom results are known would be seen as to be failing.

Last year, 1,631 schools would have fallen short of the targets, the Department for Education said.

Those schools that fail to reach the target face closure or being taken over.

The national average for English this year was 87 per cent making two levels of progress and for maths it was 86 per cent, the league tables showed.

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