Being 'school ready' is key to ensuring children can effectively access the national curriculum from the moment they start Year One in school. The Council has seen improvement in the data for this measure every year, from 49% of children classed as having a 'Good Level of Development' in 2013, to 71.7% in 2017.
The 2018 figure of 73.2% puts Central Bedfordshire above the national average of 71.5%; Central Bedfordshire remains in the 2nd quartile nationally. Overall improvement of pupils’ performance continues. However, the gap between pupils entitled to free school meals and all others is wide and widened further in 2018. Therefore, narrowing the gap is a key priority, and has been reflected in the aims of the newly strengthened School Improvement Team.