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School standards minister David Miliband said today that primary ...
School standards minister David Miliband said today that primary

schools are getting better again following this year's test results

for 11-year-olds. And he said the evidence shows that schools in some

of the poorest areas in England are catching up the rest.

The results for 7, 11 and 14 were published today. They show -

* At age 7, Key Stage 1, 85% of pupils achieved the expected level in

reading (an increase of 1 percentage point over 2003) and 90% of

pupils did so in maths (unchanged from 2003). Figures for 2004 and

2003 are not strictly comparable because of the trial involving 34

LEAs and a quarter of 7-year=olds which reported only teacher

assessment. The independent assessment of the trial is expected at

the beginning of next month and the government will comment on the

results then.

* At age 11, Key Stage 2, a record 77% of pupils achieved the

expected level in English, an increase of 2 percentage points from

last year (up 12 percentage points compared to 1998), and 74% of

pupils achieved the expected level in Maths, a 1 percentage point

increase from last year (up 15 percentage points from 6 years ago).

* At age 14, Key Stage 3, there has been a 2 percentage point

increase in the number of pupils achieving level 5 in Maths and over

50% of 14 year olds are now reaching level 6 in maths, a tremendous

achievement. There has been a 2 percentage point fall in the number

of pupils achieving level 5 in Science compared to last year.

Some of the biggest improvements at Key Stage 2 have been seen in

economically disadvantaged areas such as Hackney where English

improved by 7 percentage points and Maths by 6 percentage points and

Sunderland, where there was a 5 percentage point improvement in

English and a 4 percentage point improvement in Maths. Among other

LEAs Hartlepool and Southampton recorded the highest improvements in

both English and Maths results.

David Miliband said: 'These are good results and show that standards

achieved by pupils in our primary schools are improving again. We are

also pleased at the progress made in maths by 14 year olds. Well done

to the pupils and well done to teachers for their hard work and


'Last year I described the primary results as a platform rather than

a plateau of achievement. This year primary schools have built on the

platform and achieved the best ever results in English and maths.

Pupils and parents can be confident that their primary schools are

still getting better and better.

'Standards in all areas are improving but some of the biggest strides

are in some of the poorest areas. It shows that poverty is not a

barrier to success. It is a tribute to the hard work of teachers who

have made this possible. We will continue to offer them targeted help

and support.'


This applies to England.

1. The Statistical First Releases showing the Key Stage 1,

Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 provisional results are available below:

National Curriculum Assessments of 7 year olds in England, 2004

National Curriculum Assessments of 11 year olds in England, 2004

National Curriculum Assessments of 14 year olds in England, 2004

2. The decision not to publish the provisional Key Stage 3 English

results as planned on 24 August is the responsibility of the

statistics Head of Profession in the Department under the National

Statistics Code of Practice. He has a responsibility to ensure that

the statistics are released as soon as the data and any accompanying

commentary are fit for purpose. He has judged that he is not yet able

to make that decision. An announcement will be made in due course.

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