Our 11-year-olds top the national average in their SATS tests


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ELEVEN-YEAR-OLDS in North Somerset have come out above the national average in many of their SATS tests taken earlier this year.

The Government’s Department for Education has released statistics based on the tests taken by key stage two pupils in May and also teacher assessments carried out during their final primary school year.

This year, the results for reading and writing assessments have been separated from the rest of the English subject and a new test of spelling, punctuation and grammar has also been created, to show how pupils are fairing in the different areas.

The stats show at least 84 per cent of North Somerset children achieved the expected level, level four, in the subjects of English, reading, writing, maths and science, either equalling or exceeding the national average. 74 per cent achieved this level in grammar, punctuation and spelling tests.

National curriculum standards expect pupils to progress by one level every two years and in last year’s cohort, 88 per cent of key stage two pupils had made the expected progress in reading, writing and maths, with improvements made on last year’s results.

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We would like to congratulate our schools on their results at key stage two. Combined outcomes for reading, writing and mathematics at level four and above are in line with the national figure at 76 per cent.

“A ‘good’ level four, which is a new grading this year, in reading, writing and mathematics combined was 63 per cent nationally. The figure in North Somerset is in line with the national figure at 63.5 per cent.”

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Percentage achieving level four or above:

Subject North Somerset England

English teacher assessment 88 87

Reading tests 89 86

Reading teacher assessment 89 86

Writing teacher assessment 84 83

Grammar, punctuation & spelling tests 74 74

Maths tests 86 85

Maths teacher assessment 87 87

Science teacher assessment 90 88

Percentage making expected progress in:

Subject North Somerset England

Reading 89 (same as last year) 88

Writing 92 (up 4% on last year) 91

Maths 88 (up 2% on last year) 88