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Girls outshine boys in Wirral primary school tests
2:00pm Friday 21st September 2012 in News
WIRRAL schoolgirls are still outshining their male counterparts in the classroom, according to new school figures.
Provisional statistics released by the Department for Education show that on average more 11-year-old girls are making the grade as they leave primary school.
The Key Stage Two test results show that 81% of girls achieve level four or above in both maths and English, while 78% of boys hit the same target.
It means that overall, the number of children meeting the standard at the end of year six has risen by 2% since last year.
The borough’s girls also managed to score higher in English with almost 90% getting at least a level four, while 83% of boys managed the same.
However in maths, the differences levelled out in maths when 84% of both boys and girls a level four.
And the boys managed to win the battle of the sexes in the subject as 43% were awarded a level five or above while fewer girls achieved the higher score.
But despite the encouraging figures, Wirral children failed to meet the national average in both English and maths by just 1%.
Elizabeth Truss, minister for education and childcare, said: “I congratulate pupils, teachers and families on their hard work and achievements."
Cllr Tony Smith, Wirral Council cabinet member for children’s services and lifelong learning, said: “This is yet another set of good results for Wirral with pupils showing significant improvement in the key subjects of English and Mathematics.
"I am proud of all the children, their parents, their teachers and the other school staff, who I’m sure have all worked very hard to achieve this success.”