Bath pupils above na­tional av­er­age for Year 6 SATS tests

Two thirds of chil­dren reach ex­pected level in the tra­di­tional 3Rs

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Amanda Cameron Senior reporter @Aman­das­cameron | 01225 322204 amanda.cameron@reach­plc.com

A third of chil­dren in Bath and the sur­round­ing ar­eas are fail­ing to reach ex­pected lev­els of read­ing, writ­ing and maths by the end of pri­mary school but are still do­ing bet­ter than the na­tional av­er­age. The re­sults of this year’s key stage two as­sess­ments show 66 per cent of pupils in Bath and North East Som­er­set reached the ex­pected stan­dard in read­ing, writ­ing and maths. This means a third - a total of 650 pupils - did not. Al­most a tenth (9 per cent) of pupils in Bath and North East Som­er­set were work­ing at a higher than ex­pected stan­dard across the three sub­ject ar­eas. Girls out­per­formed boys in Bath and North East Som­er­set, with 72 per cent of girls reach­ing the ex­pected stan­dard across read­ing, writ­ing and maths, com­pared to 61 per cent of boys. In terms of in­di­vid­ual SATS re­sults, 79 per cent of pupils in Bath and North East Som­er­set reached the ex­pected stan­dard in read­ing in 2018, up from 78 per cent in 2017. In maths, 75 per cent reached the ex­pected stan­dard - the same as in 2017 - while in gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion and spell­ing it was 78 per cent, down from 79 per cent. But only 66 per cent reached the re­quired stan­dard in all three key sub­jects of read­ing, writ­ing and maths. Which meant a third of chil­dren leav­ing pri­mary school with­out the nec­es­sary knowl­edge in all three of th­ese ar­eas. The pic­ture in Bath is still marginally bet­ter than the na­tional av­er­age - in 2018, 64 per cent of pupils across Eng­land reached the ex­pected stan­dard in all of read­ing, writ­ing and maths. In 2017, 61 per cent of pupils reached the ex­pected stan­dard com­pared to 53 per cent in 2016. At­tain­ment in 2018 is not di­rectly com­pa­ra­ble to pre­vi­ous years be­cause of changes to writ­ing teacher as­sess­ments. Some 75 per cent of pupils reached the ex­pected stan­dard in their read­ing SAT test in 2018, up from 71 per cent in 2017, while in the maths SAT it was 76 per cent, up from 75 per cent. In gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion and spell­ing it was 78 per cent, up from 77 per cent. The gen­der gap for the ex­pected stan­dard in read­ing, writ­ing and maths was 8 per­cent­age points 68 per cent of girls reached the ex­pected stan­dard com­pared to 60 per cent of boys. The gen­der gap re­mains the same as in 2017 as at­tain­ment has in­creased by 3 per­cent­age points for both girls and boys from 65 per cent and 57 per cent re­spec­tively. SATS which are taken at the end of year six cover read­ing, maths and gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion and spell­ing. Pupils also re­ceive a teacher as­sess­ment in read­ing, writ­ing, maths and sci­ence. To reach the ex­pected stan­dard in all of read­ing, writ­ing and maths, a pupil must achieve a scaled score of 100 or more in their read­ing and maths tests. They must also be judged to be ei­ther ‘reach­ing the ex­pected stan­dard’ or ‘work­ing at greater depth’ in the writ­ing teacher as­sess­ment.

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