The government has announced improved results in end of primary school tests taken by children in England. The figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show that more pupils than ever have achieved the literacy and maths scores needed for secondary school.
The result of this improvement is that 90,000 more students are moving into secondary school with the necessary understanding of core subjects than five years ago.
Of the tests taken in May by all 11-year-old state school pupils, 87 per cent met the standard in maths, a one per cent improvement from 2014, and 87 per cent also met the standard in writing, a rise of two per cent.
The most improved area was grammar, punctuation and spelling, which with 80 per cent achieving the standard was an increase of four per cent from 2014. The results in reading were unchanged from the year before, with 89 per cent meeting the standard.
80 per cent of pupils achieved level four or above in all subjects, which is the required standard. This is a rise from 78 per cent in 2014 and 62 per cent in 2009. The gender gap at level five has reduced from eight per cent to five per cent, with over 14,000 more girls than boys achieving this grade or above in reading, writing and maths.
Particular improvements are evident in sponsored academies, where results have risen by five per cent in those open one year, and by ten percent in those which have been open for two or more years. This shows a much improved education for thousands of students whose primary schools were previously under-performing.
While results across the board are much improved, some areas of the country are still producing poor results. Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: “I will be writing to the Director of Children’s Services and Directors of Education of councils that are bottom of the league tables and asking that they meet me as a matter of urgency to explain how they intend to improve the teaching of reading and arithmetic in the primary schools under their control.”
Topping the chart, pupils from Kensington and Chelsea are achieving the highest results, with 90 per cent of pupils achieving level four or higher in reading, writing and maths.
Posted by Harriet McGowan