SATs results show year on year improvement

This year 61% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared with 53% in 2016.

Year 6 SATs results released earlier this week show a growth in attainment for students leaving primary school in the core subjects of maths and English.

This year 61% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared with 53% last year.

Results have increased across the board with 71% of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, compared with 66% last year; 76% of pupils meeting the expected standard in writing, compared with 74% last year; and 75% of pupils meeting the expected standard in maths, compared with 70% last year. Even student attainment in the much debated grammar, punctuation and spelling test has increased by 4% from 2016.

In a comment shared with BBC News, Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, said: “[These] results show sustained progress in reading, writing and maths and are a testament to the hard work of teachers and pupils across England.”

This year’s cohort was the second to sit the tests in line with a new knowledge-rich national curriculum introduced in 2014; and whilst this overall improvement in results is promising as it means more children will arrive at secondary school equipped with the knowledge and skills for a successful transition to Key Stage 3, with two-fifths (39%) of pupils having failed to meet the expected standards further improvement is necessary.

Students who are regularly engaging in mental arithmetic and are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary, are in the best position to thrive in these exams.

Thousands of primary school aged children across the UK are mastering the fundamentals of reading, writing and maths with Kumon.

Whilst at Kumon we do not follow the national curriculum, our students are well supported in these key areas which assist their learning in school, and their ability to do well in these exams. Through daily study our students further develop stamina, resilience, and a ‘can do’ attitude towards their work.

Kumon School’s Project Manager, Timothy Corns, said: “Where Kumon can really help student’s working towards their SATs is through individualised study. At Kumon, work is tailored to a student’s ability with each student working at their own pace, progressing only once they have a firm understanding of a topic, rather than having to move on to a new topic with the rest of the class. This ensures there are no gaps in a student’s knowledge so when it comes to sitting these exams, a student feels confident and assured in their ability.”

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