More than 7000 local pupils in good or outstanding schools since 2010

I want to pay tribute to teachers across Carshalton and Wallington as the summer holidays begin. Their hard work means that more children are gaining the skills and knowledge they need to get on in life, and I spoke about this with the Education Secretary when he came to visit the area earlier this year.

7051 more children in Carshalton and Wallington are now in schools rated good or outstanding, compared with 2010, and 1.9 million more children are attending good or outstanding schools nationally. 85 per cent of schools are now rated good or outstanding, up from 68 per cent in 2010.

Literacy levels have been rising since the introduction of the phonics screening check in 2012, meaning more children are mastering the fundamental skills they need. In 2012, 58 per cent of 6-year olds in reached the expected level in reading nationally, compared with 82 per cent last year.

Reforms to the curriculum mean more pupils are studying the core, academic subjects they need to get on and disadvantaged students are more likely to go to university than ever before. At the same time, reforms to apprenticeships mean that young people have quality, vocational options as they await their GCSE and A-Level results. 

I have always been struck by the passion and dedication of teachers working in schools across Carshalton and Wallington, which I know first hand having been to a fantastic local school - Carshalton Boys Sports College, and as we look forward to the summer holidays I want to thank them for their hard work.

Many local young people will now be be awaiting exam results, which is always a nervous time. But the hard work of teachers, combined with this Government’s reforms, means pupils will have more options than ever before – whatever path they chose to take.