The results for more than half a million 11-year-olds (at Key Stage 2) show the percentage achieving the expected level (level 4) in reading, writing and maths has risen by 3 percentage points to 79% while the proportion achieving the more challenging level 4b is also up – from 63% to 67%. 22,000 pupils have improved their reading, writing and maths since 2013.
Today’s figures also show the number of primaries below standard has remained stable even though schools have been judged on a new tougher threshold.
Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:
“I am pleased to see that primaries have responded to the challenge of a higher floor standard – we have raised the bar and schools have raised their game.
“It is also encouraging to see the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers continue to narrow and parents, teachers and pupils deserve to be congratulated for their efforts.
“But we know there is more to do and there are still too many areas with simply unacceptable levels of attainment for disadvantaged pupils.
“We are committed to helping schools do more and have increased the pupil premium they receive per pupil to £1,300 so they have the resources they need.”