Results of primary school tests reveal evidence of rising standards in reading, writing and maths, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced.
The key stage two results show that four out of five 11-year-olds (79 per cent) achieved at least the expected level (level 4) in reading, writing and arithmetic (3Rs), rising from from three out of four (75 per cent) last year and just six in ten (62 per cent) in 2009.
In addition, a quarter (24 per cent) exceeded the expected level in the 3Rs - up from a fifth (21 per cent) last year, and from just one in eight (13 per cent) in 2009.
Schools minister Nick Gibb has congratulated pupils and teachers on their achievements, which mean 81,000 more children than in 2009 are meeting the expected standard in the 3 Rs, while 59,000 more are exceeding the standard.
"[These] results show teachers and pupils have responded well to the higher standards our education reforms have demanded," Mr Gibb said.
"Our education system is beginning to show the first fruits of our plan for education, helping to prepare young people for life in modern Britain. There is more to do but teachers and pupils deserve huge credit for such outstanding results."
A number of measures have been introduced by the government to raise levels of aspiration, including higher floor standards of 65 per cent, the banning of calculators from maths tests and a new assessment in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Improvements were recorded in each of the individual subjects. In reading, nine out of ten children (89 per cent) reached at least level four (up three percentage points from last year), while half exceeded it (up five percentage points).
Almost nine out of ten pupils achieved level four in maths and writing (teacher assessed), while three quarters reached level four in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Good results at this level often lead to better performance in secondary school, with 57 per cent who achieve at least level four in English and maths at age 11 going on to achieve at least five or more GCSEs at C or better including English and maths.
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