Interim Key Stage 2 SATs results show pupil improvement


More pupils achieved the expected standard in the Key Stage 2 SATs this year when compared to a year ago, according to the interim results published by the government.

Some 64% of pupils achieved the standard in reading, writing and maths, an improvement on the 2017 figure of 61%.

The proportion of pupils that achieved a scaled up score of 100 or more increased in every discipline, although the government has wanted the changes to writing teacher assessment frameworks make it difficult to compare results year-on-year.

However, in reading 75% of pupils achieved the expected standard, a jump of 4% from a year ago, while 76% met the standard in maths, a slight rise of 1%.

The proportion of pupils that achieved the standard in spelling, punctuation and grammar also rose 1% to 78%, while a similar number of pupils achieved the standard in writing – up 2% from a year ago.

Schools minister Nick Gibb has commended teachers and the role of government reforms in delivering the boosted results.

“A good primary education lays the foundations for success at secondary school and beyond,” he said. “That’s why we introduced a more rigorous, knowledge-rich primary school curriculum – with an emphasis on reading and fluency in arithmetic – to ensure every child is helped to reach their potential from the moment they start school.”

He added that the results represent the “fruit of our reforms” and are a “tribute to the hard work and dedication” of those in primary school teaching jobs across the country.

“These reforms promise even more success in the years to come and will help improve education for every child, no matter their background,” Mr Gibb added.

Julie McCulloch, director of policy at the Association of School and College Leaders also praised schools and their teachers, given that testing was made tougher in 2016.

“They have done a remarkable job in achieving such impressive results,” she said.