Schools Minister Lord Adonis writes for The Birmingham Post...
Parents, teachers and pupils at Manor Junior and Infant School in Wolverhampton can be proud today.
They are the best primary school in England based on the value added measure.
Today's publication of Key Stage Two results across the country show a rise of one per cent in maths to 75 per cent of children achieving level four or above, and a rise in English of one per cent to 79 per cent of children achieving level four or above.
It is a great achievement and I congratulate the teachers at Manor Junior and Infant School.
Compared with 1997, about 96,000 more children in English and 78,000 in maths are leaving primary school with the right literacy and numeracy skills to succeed at secondary school and beyond.
The primary school teachers we have in our schools today are better trained and there are more of them than ever before. Which means class sizes are falling, behaviour is better, and standards are rising.
And many of our children are hitting world-class standards. In the recent international study of reading literacy, England's ten-year-olds achieved the third highest scores in reading out of the 35 countries that took part.
Since the inception of the daily literacy hour and numeracy lesson in 1998, one of the core strengths of the new primary education strategy has been its ability to evolve to take account of the latest research and experience.
Yesterday, Jim Rose published his interim recommendations for how we can improve the teaching of reading.
We agree with his key recommendation that phonics should be used by teachers as their first strategy to teach reading. In our next renewal phase of the primary education strategy, we will embed more emphasis on the development of early phonic skills.
And we will continue to ensure that through the Primary National Strategy, teachers get the training and development they need, so that they can meet the needs of every child.