Key Stage 1 assessments published

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This year's published primary school Key Stage 1 results show that there has been no change between 2009 and 2010 in the percentage of pupils achieving Level 2 or above in speaking and listening, writing, mathematics and science. There is a single percentage point increase at Level 2 or above in reading.

At Level 3, there is a single percentage point decrease in mathematics, and a single percentage point decrease in science.

Gender data shows that girls continue to outperform boys at Level 2, however there is a higher percentage of boys achieving Level 3 or above in mathematics and science.

Commenting on the results, Schools Minister Nick Gibb, stressed the need for all children to have a solid grounding in the "three Rs” by the age of 7. He also said it was vital that we narrow the attainment gap between the richest and poorest areas of the country.

At Key Stage 1, schools use national tasks and tests in reading, writing and mathematics, alongside their observation of children’s work throughout the year to reach an overall judgement on the level the child has reached in each subject

Children are expected to reach level 2 at Key Stage 1 (age 7), level 4 at Key Stage 2 (age 11) and level 5/6 at Key Stage 3 (age 14).

Mr Gibb said: "The results show that there are still too many 7 year olds not reaching the expected level in these important subjects. We need to make sure that Government gives schools the support they need to get the basics right.

"These results also show an unacceptable attainment gap between local authorities where we know there are a high proportion of children on Free School Meals, and richer areas."

The key points from the latest data are:

At Level 2 or above:

  • In all subjects a higher proportion of girls than boys reached or exceeded the expected level.
  • Compared to the equivalent final 2009 figures, the overall percentages achieving Level 2 or above remained the same in speaking and listening, writing, mathematics and science; increasing in reading by one percentage point.

At Level 2B or above:

  • In all subjects a higher proportion of girls than boys achieved Level 2B or above.Compared to the equivalent final 2009 figures, the overall percentage achieving Level 2B or above remained the same in reading and writing but decreased in mathematics by one percentage point.

At Level 3 or above:

  • A higher proportion of girls than boys achieved Level 3 or above in speaking and listening, reading and writing, whilst a higher proportion of boys than girls achieved Level 3 or above in mathematics and science.
  • Compared to the equivalent final 2009 figures, the overall percentages achieving Level 3 or above remained the same in speaking and listening, reading and writing but decreased by one percentage point in each of mathematics and science.
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