• Poorer pupils ‘catch up’ by end of primary, but fall behind again at GCSE

    The attainment gap between the wealthiest and most disadvantaged pupils almost disappears by the end of primary school before reappearing at age 16, new data suggests. Analysis by data site SchoolDash shows that pupils from poorer areas draw level with their more socially advantaged peers by the end of key stage 2, but that the

    0.01 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • E-ACT primary school has SATs results cancelled for reading and maths

    Year 6 pupils at a primary academy in Birmingham run by the chain E-ACT will not receive scores for their reading and maths SATs, after the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) found “doubt over the accuracy or correctness” of the results. The STA has been examining how the tests were managed at Nechells Primary E-ACT

    12.00 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Don't boycott SATs, heads tell parents

    Headteachers have warned parents not to take part in a planned boycott of this year’s SATs. The campaign group Let Our Kids Be Kids is gearing up for a boycott of key stage 2 SATs, which begin in primary schools in mid-May. The group has even published a template for a withdrawal letter for parents of

    15.47 Apr. 16th, 2018 | News

  • The four key trends in the 2017 KS2 primary test results

    Provisional results of the primary school key stage 2 SATs tests broken down at local authority and regional level have been released by the Department for Education this morning. Here are the key points from today’s new data. 1. London scoops the top results again London dominates local authority areas in terms of pupils who

    10.55 Aug. 31st, 2017 | News

  • Scaled scores for 2017 key stage 2 SATs announced

    Note (added July 10 2018): Here are the 2018 scaled scores for key stage 2 SATs. The Department for Education has today released the marks pupils needed for the 2017 key stage 2 tests to achieve the government’s “expected” score. The pdf document can be viewed below or downloaded directly from the Department for Education. To meet

    8.56 Jul. 4th, 2017 | News

  • How to prepare year 6 for KS2 maths SATs

    Education blogger @thatboycanteach explains what we can learn from studying the 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs results After the release of RAISEonline’s QLA data, teachers, Maths coordinators, and SLT alike will have scrambled to analyse the initial report on 2016s maths SATs results. It’s a resource with huge potential, offering ways for us to reconsider the effectiveness

    12.00 Feb. 24th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Primary school key stage 2 performance tables: 8 key progress findings

    Pupils in primary schools across the country vary in their progress – under the government’s new value-added measure – in some kinds of schools than others, government data released today shows. Those in faith schools perform marginally better, with Jewish schools leading the way, than pupils in non-religious schools on average. Pupils in sponsored and

    9.45 Dec. 15th, 2016 | News

  • 2016 key stage 2 SATs: Fewer primary schools below floor standards

    Fewer primary schools fell below the new “floor standards” this year compared with last – overturning the government’s expectation that hundreds more would drop below because of the new “tougher” tests. Just 665 schools fell below the standard, according to new figures on key stage 2 assessments for 2016 released this week by the Department

    9.40 Dec. 15th, 2016 | News

  • Year 5 girls fall behind boys in maths for first time since 2007, TIMSS data shows

    Girls in year 5 performed “significantly” worse than boys in mathematics in England, amid a mixed global picture for closing gender gaps in attainment, according to an analysis of international data. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), released by analysts in Massachusetts today, assessed 57 countries on their performance between 2012 and

    14.34 Nov. 29th, 2016 | News

  • Academy trust health checks will be rolled out from January, schools commissioner reveals

    The schools commissioner has started piloting multi-academy trust “health checks” and revealed his full masterplan to ensure chains don’t overexpand will be rolled out across the country from January. Sir David Carter, the national schools commissioner, said he plans to run the health checks at more than 30 trusts before the end of the year.

    13.46 Oct. 4th, 2016 | News

  • Small schools no advantage for primary test scores

    Primary pupils who took this year’s key stage 2 SATs tests in small class sizes performed the same as their peers in larger cohorts, according to new government data. The Department for Education this morning released provisional results of the tests in reading, writing and maths, broken down at local authority and regional level. Within

    13.16 Sep. 1st, 2016 | News