Primary schools in County Durham are performing above the national average in almost all areas.

The Government’s annual primary school performance tables, published recently, show 68 per cent of primary pupils in County Durham are meeting the expected standard, compared to 64 per cent across England as a whole.

County Durham children are also outperforming when it comes to their progress in reading, writing and maths, with their average reading and maths scores either meeting or surpassing the national figure.

The percentage of primary school pupils achieving at a higher standard is 11 per cent, which is also higher than the national average of ten per cent.

Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “In County Durham, we are committed to providing our children with the very best education and start in life.

“It is really encouraging to see our primary schools are outperforming schools nationally, and this is testament to the dedication of staff, governors, pupils and parents.

“We will continue to work hard to raise standards further and create exciting opportunities for children in County Durham.”