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Research and analysis

How do pupils progress during key stages 2 and 3?

Research exploring data from teacher assessments about pupil progress in reading, writing and maths, and its contributing factors.


How do pupils progress during key stages 2 and 3?


Since 2000, a series of publications has presented statistical analyses of pupil progress between key stages in schools in England, successively highlighting variations in progress between schools and pupils with differing characteristics, and over time.

This topic note expands the information available from its predecessors by considering progress within key stages, measured every term, by teacher assessments, from a sample of schools in England.

It also looks at how progress within key stages translates to achievement of end-of-key-stage threshold levels, and what differences exist between groups of pupils with different characteristics.