An official list published by the government shows the standard for performances in primary schools and it reveals which are the worst performing ones in England.

The list contains 364 schools that did not meet the floor standard for their performance in 2017/18.

The Department for Education says that the list of primary schools failing to meet standards is down from the 365 they recorded last year.

The performance threshold monitors a pupil’s progress across several subjects with particular attention given to maths and English.

Nick Gibb, the school standards’ minister, said: “Standards are rising in schools with 86% of them now being rated as good or outstanding, compared in 2010’s figure of 68%.

“The statistics show that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has fallen since 2011 by 13%.”

‘Every child deserves a high quality education’

He added: “Every child deserves a high quality education, regardless of their background, and the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

He said that the freedoms brought about by free schools and academies are helping to make this a reality and he points to the progress being made in multi-academy trusts by pupils in maths and writing.

The worst region for underperforming primary schools is the East of England, where 60 schools failed to meet standards and these account for 4% of the total number of primary schools there.

The East Midlands follows on 3.7%, the south-west of England is on 3.3% and Yorkshire and Humberside are on 3%.

Underperforming schools in the south-east of England and the West Midlands account for 2.9% of their region’s total.

In the north-east of England, the figure is 1.9%, while in the north-west it is 1.8%.

0.5% of the capital’s schools fail to reach the standard

In London, 0.5% of the capital’s schools fail to reach the standard and the overall total for England is 2.6%, or 364 schools from the total of 91,620.

However, an analysis by the BBC shows that the primary school data suggests that it may take up to 50 years to close the achievement gap.

Their researchers say that if the pace of change is the same as it has been since 2011, it will take until 2070 for poor pupils to catch-up with their richer peers.

The figures highlight that 51% of England’s poorest pupils have reached the expected level in their primary school tests.

However, this is in comparison with 70% of their better off peers, which is a gap of 19%.

‘Primary schools make great efforts’

The general secretary of the National Association of Headteachers, Paul Whiteman, said: “Primary schools make great efforts to guarantee that every child will get the best possible start in life.

“Each year, for their troubles, they find themselves being propelled to the top or being condemned at the bottom of league tables that rely on a few short tests for young children in some subjects.

“This is wrong entirely. We should not be celebrating too loudly or berating too strongly.”

Mr Whiteman added: “Successive governments have been raising the stakes when it comes to league tables and Sats and while results carry a high level of importance, over time the pressure surrounding these has grown.”