Interim Key Stage 2 SATS results show improvement


The proportion of pupils who achieved the government’s ‘expected standard’ in the Key Stage 2 SATs has increased year-on-year, according to interim results.

Some 65% of pupils achieved the standard in reading, writing and maths, up from 64% who achieved it 12 months ago.

Importantly, the proportion of pupils who achieved a scaled score – set by the government each year – of 100 or more went up in every discipline.

Across the various subjects, 73% of pupils achieved the standard in reading, while 79% achieved it maths and 78% did so in spelling, punctuation and grammar tests.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said the results highlight that the majority of pupils are ready for the challenges of secondary school at the point of leaving primary level education.

“The pupils who performed well in these tests will have demonstrated sophisticated grammatical skills like using the subjunctive, the ability to divide fractions and mastery of complex spellings,” he explained.

Mr Gibb added that the new primary curriculum, introduced via reforms in 2016, is designed to ensure that pupils can make the most of their potential.

“It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of teachers that we have seen results rising over time despite the bar of expectation having been raised,” he added.

To achieve the government’s expected scores in 2019, pupils needed to score 58 out of 110 in maths, 28 out of 50 for reading and 36 out of 70 for spelling, punctuation and grammar.