The number of children leaving primary school with a good grasp of the 'three Rs' has increased, according to recent data published by the Department for Education (DfE).
In 2015, 80 per cent of Year 6 students in the UK left primary school with Level 4 or above in maths, reading and writing. This is an increase from 78 per cent in 2014. Disadvantaged students also achieved better results, with 70 per cent reaching the expected level in the basics, up three percentage points on 2014.
According to ministers, this equates to 90,000 more 11-year-olds who have a good grasp of key subjects than in 2010. The DfE said the results showed schools across the country were "rising to the challenge of raised standards and expectations for all pupils".
The performance tables show the number of schools below the government's floor standard has fallen by 92 since last year, with 676 failing to meet the expected levels, compared with 768 in 2014. Schools are considered to be underperforming if fewer than 65 per cent of Year 6 pupils achieve Level 4 in reading, writing and maths and if pupils are not making the expected progress in these subjects between the end of Year 2 and the end of Year 6.
Children who are achieving Level 4 have shown that they are able to spell, start to use grammatically complex sentences and use joined-up handwriting. In maths, they are able to multiply and divide whole numbers and use simple fractions and percentages.
Schools minister Nick Gibb said: "It is essential that every child leaves primary school having mastered the basics in reading, writing and maths - thanks to our education reforms, thousands more pupils each year are reaching those standards."
Posted by Theo Foulds