Revealed: Primary school floor standards for 2017

Revealed: Primary school floor standards for 2017

The government has revealed the key stage 2 attainment and progress scores schools will have to achieve to avoid falling “below the floor”.

In 2017, a school will be above the floor if at least 65 per cent of pupils meet the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at key stage 2, or if it achieves “sufficient progress scores” in all three subjects.

This year, the required progress scores are -5 in reading, -5 in maths and -7 in writing.

The required scores are the same as they were in 2016.

The floor standard is the minimum standard for pupil attainment and progress that the government expects schools to meet, and schools need to meet either the attainment element or all three of the progress elements.

Documents released today also reveal that schools will avoid intervention from regional schools commissioners if low writing scores push them below the floor standard.

This new exception is outlined a paper which sets out how RSCs and councils should deal with “schools causing concern”.

In 2016 and 2017, if a school drops below the floor standard or is labelled as coasting “based on performance in writing alone”, councils and RSCs “should not intervene or issue a warning notice”, the document says.

Intervention in these circumstances should only happen “where the extent of the change in performance cannot be explained by the impact of the changes to primary assessment arrangements”.