Provisional information on the achievements of eligible pupils in national curriculum assessments in 2011.
Reference ID: SFR22/2011
Publication type: Statistical first release
Publication data: Local authority data
Local authority data: LA data
Release Date: 29 September 2011
Coverage status: Provisional
Publication status: Published
This statistical first release (SFR) provides provisional information on the achievements of eligible pupils in the 2011 national curriculum teacher assessments at key stage 1 (KS1) by level, gender, ethnicity, English as an additional language, free school meal (FSM) eligibility, special educational needs (SEN) and the income deprivation affecting children index.
Two SFRs, ‘National curriculum assessments at key stage 1’ and ‘Key stage 1 attainment by pupil characteristics’ have been combined to produce this SFR, enabling a more comprehensive and coherent evaluation of pupils’ achievements at key stage 1 to be presented.
The figures contained within this publication combine the information gathered through the school census in January 2011 and the 2011 national curriculum teacher assessments at key stage 1 (provided by schools and local authorities to the Department for Education and produced from data available by 8 August 2011). This release provides information at national and local authority level.
National curriculum assessment provides a measurement of achievement against the precise attainment targets of the national curriculum rather than any generalised concept of ability in any of the subject areas. The national curriculum standards have been designed so that most pupils will progress by approximately 1 level every 2 years. This means that by the end of KS1 pupils are expected to achieve level 2.
At level 2 or above (the expected level),
- The percentages of pupils achieving the expected level in 2011 are:
- 85%in reading
- 81% in writing
- 87% in speaking and listening
- 90% in mathematics
- 89% in science. 2.Compared to the equivalent final 2010 figures, the overall percentage achieving level 2 or above has increased by 1 percentage point in mathematics and has remained the same in the 4 other subjects.
- In all subjects a higher proportion of girls than boys reached the expected level.
At level 3 or above:
- Compared to the equivalent final 2010 figures, the overall percentages achieving level 3 or above have increased by 1 percentage point in writing, decreased by 1 percentage point in science and remained the same in reading, speaking and listening and mathematics.
- A higher proportion of girls than boys achieved level 3 or above in speaking and listening, reading and writing, while a higher proportion of boys than girls achieved level 3 or above in mathematics and science.
In maintained schools, a breakdown by pupil characteristics shows:
- Pupils of Indian origin had the highest percentage achieving the expected level in all subjects with the exception of science where Irish pupils performed the highest.
- A higher percentage of pupils whose first language is English achieved the expected level in reading, writing, mathematics and science when compared to pupils for whom English is not their first language.
- Pupils known to be eligible for FSM continue to perform lower than all other pupils in reading, writing, mathematics and science. The gap is largest in reading and writing.
- Pupils with no identified SEN continue to outperform pupils with SEN. The gap is largest in writing.
Tables showing a breakdown of attainment by pupil characteristics at local authority level and area of pupil residence will be added on 13 October.
Emma Sass - Attainment Statistics Team
0207 340 8357