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
* 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
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:
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.