Last week, the Department for Education (DfE) published the school league tables, which show the performance of 11-year-olds at primary schools across the country.
The school league tables are populated with data from SATs, which assess pupils in reading, writing, and maths. Students are expected to achieve Level 4 in all areas, which indicates that in English they can spell correctly, start to use grammatically complex sentences and use joined up handwriting. In maths, it means they are able to multiply and divide whole numbers by 10 or 100 and use simple fractions and percentages.
It is now expected that 65 per cent of pupils achieve Level 4 in these areas, or that schools satisfy separate pupil progress requirements.
The local authority that achieved the highest results this year was Kensington and Chelsea, followed by Richmond upon Thames and Greenwich. Schools outside of the London are, however, beginning to catch up with the capital, with schools in the Redcar and Cleveland authority improving to a standard that puts them as the fifth highest performing area.
In addition, the number of schools that are failing to meet the government's performance standards has seen a substantial drop this year.
From 2016, the measures used to grade pupils' SATs tests is due to change. Following the introduction of the new curriculum in 2014, the use of Levels to grade the tests will end, and will be replaced by scaled scores.
Scaled scores should make the comparison of results over the years more simplified, as they can be adapted to reflect if a paper is of higher or lower difficulty.
Posted by Harriet McGowan