The biennial statutory assessment in science estimates national performance in relation to areas of the national curriculum in science. This is based on a matrix sampling approach.
We publish the assessment outcomes to inform schools and other stakeholders about national trends in pupils’ performance in science.
The methodological note includes:
- a detailed explanation of the methodology used to analyse the sample
- overall performance in KS2 science assessments in 2016 and 2018
- performance by gender, eligibility for free school meals, and English as an additional language
- performance by subject strand—biology, chemistry, physics and working scientifically