§ Mr. PikeTo ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils in Burnley reached the(a) mathematics and (b) English standard in each of the last seven years. [167927]

§ Mr. MilibandTh results from the 2003 National Curriculum tests showed that 75 per cent. of 11-year-olds in England reached Level 4 in English and 73 per cent. in mathematics. These results represent a significant improvement in standards—of 12 percentage points in English and 11 percentage points in mathematics—since 1997, reflecting the impact of the National Literacy an. i Numeracy Strategies on primary schools. We remain absolutely committed, through our new Primary Strategy, to supporting schools to achieve the ambitious targets we have set for standards of literacy and numeracy.

The following table shows the number and percentage of pupils in Burnley who have achieved Level 4 or above in the Key Stage 2 English and mathematics tests since 1997. The results for Burnley are below the national average but show improvements since 1997 in both English and mathematics which are only slightly below the improvements nationally.

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Number of pupils ^{1}Percentage of pupils English Mathematics English Mathematics 1997 785 784 59 59 1998 762 655 60 51 1999 798 794 62 61 2000 844 819 67 65 2001 894 827 67 62 2002 843 864 66 68 2003 850 851 68 68 ^{1}The number of eligible pupils for the key Stage 2 tests varies slightly from year to year

§ Mr. HendrickTo ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils in Preston reached the(a) mathematics and (b) English standard in each of the last seven years. [168126]

§ Mr. MilibandThe results from the 2003 National Curriculum tests showed that 75 per cent. of 11-year-olds in England reached Level 4 in English and 73 per cent. in mathematics. These results represent a significant improvement in standards—of 12 percentage points in English and 11 percentage points in mathematics—since 1997, reflecting the impact of the National Literacy and Numeracy strategies on primary schools. We remain absolutely committed, through our new Primary Strategy, to supporting schools to achieve the ambitious targets we have set for standards of literacy and numeracy.

The following table shows the number and percentage of pupils in Preston who have achieved Level 4 or above in the Key Stage 2 English and mathematics tests since 1997. The results for Preston an below the national average but show significant improvements since 1997 in both English and mathematics which are greater than the improvements nationally.

Number of pupils ^{1}Percentage of pupils English Mathematics English Mathematics 1997 666 664 53 52 1998 830 775 62 58 1999 909 913 66 66 2000 935 896 73 70 2001 905 879 70 70 2002 931 939 68 70 2003 918 876 70 67 ^{1}The number of eligible pupils for the Key Stage 2 tests varies slightly from year to year.