EDUCATION officials in Kirklees today pledged to work even harder to improve school standards.
They spoke out as Kirklees primary schools studied the new league tables, out today.
Kirklees was placed fourth out of the five local education authorities in West Yorkshire.
Gavin Tonkin, Kirklees Director of Lifelong Learning, said: "We have some very good schools in Kirklees which provide an excellent education for their pupils.
"Where pupils achieve well we celebrate their achievements, whatever they are.
"We are also pleased with the overall improvements in standards since the government introduced the literacy and numeracy initiatives in 1998.
"However, we are well aware that, taking all the results into consideration, the LEA has not made the progress over the last two years that reflects the efforts of staff in schools in the LEA.
"In our view, this is a long term task and we will continue to help schools improve and enable them to raise standards and tackle under-achievement.
"We are doing this by focusing our attention on raising the quality of teaching and learning at Key Stage 2 and focusing on the positive elements of the new Primary Strategy - Excellence and Enjoyment.
"We are already seeing success with a number of schools raising their test scores.
"Others are finding it more difficult to make improvements and we are working with headteachers and staff in those schools to ensure that progress is being made."
Clr John Smithson, Kirklees Cabinet member for Education said: "No-one enjoys seeing our schools at the bottom of lists like this. The schools are working very hard, with the full support of the Education Service, to give all the children every chance to raise their level of attainment.
"I congratulate the teachers and support staff in those schools which are clearly reaching high standards.
"Equally, we should congratulate the staff of those other schools who are also working hard without the benefit of high levels of attainment.
"There is no shortage of effort in Kirklees to raise standards. All involved will continue to strive to do the very best they can for all the children in our schools."