ISLE of Wight provisional SATS results are improving at a faster rate than the national average.

Early provisional data for Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests results for 2019 have been released, showing Isle of Wight schools have improved the standards their pupils attain in reading, writing and mathematics.

The Isle of Wight averages are, however, still significantly lower than the national averages.

In reading, 70 per cent of children achieved the nationally expected age related expectations or above, while in mathematics and writing, 74 per cent reached the benchmark.

Reading and writing saw a rise of one per cent on last year, while mathematics saw an eight per cent improvement.

Nationally, reading fell from 75 to 73 per cent, while mathematics rose by three per cent to 79 per cent, and writing remained unchanged at 78 per cent.

Cllr Paul Brading, cabinet member for children’s services, said: "These results are another strong step forward, and further evidence the Island’s education system is improving.

"However, we are not complacent, and fully appreciate these improvements need to be built upon next year.

"Congratulations to the children, teachers, headteachers and all school staff for their excellent work in bringing about these achievements."

Overall, in the government’s preferred measure of the proportion of children achieving age related expectations or above in reading, writing and maths combined, the Island improved by five per cent to 59 per cent.

The national average rose to 65 per cent ­— a one per cent increase.