English schools still failing
Figures that will not help Prime Minister Brown's re-election prospects show that more English primary schools are failing to get children to the expected levels in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science.
New Labour came to power with Tony Blair's rallying cry of 'Education! Education! Education!' but as the next UK election looms figures like these will make any similar claims from Labour look hollow as SAT levels fall.
Many teachers claim the SAT's are in themselves part of the problem and need scrapping at Key Stage 2 (tests for 11 year olds) as they have been at Key Stage 3 (14 year olds).
Meanwhile the UK government continue to claim that overall education is the best it's ever been with more young people than ever going on to higher education.
Of 15,000 schools, 268 managed to get all 10 to 11-yearolds to the expected level in English, maths and science - down from 329 last year.
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