Welsh primary schools have improved in English and science and achieved their best SATs results to date, according to the annual report from the principality's chief inspector for education, Susan Lewis. Standards remain higher in infants than in juniors. In English, the national drive to raise standards in literacy has been partially responsible for the improvement, says the report. Science was boosted because pupils used their improved literacy skills to good effect. In maths, wherefigures were almost static, just over half of the work was good or very good. There was a slight improvement in Welsh as a first language, and a clear improvement in Welsh as an additional language. Problem areas were ICT (where 20 per cent of the work in both key stages was unsatisfactory), and design and technology at key stage 2.
The Annual Report of HM Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (pound;13 + pamp;p) is available from HMSO Cardiff , 029 2022 8779