Primary School: Changes Expected Across All Stages of the Educational System from 2016

  • A new externally-set test in spelling, punctuation and grammar test for pupils aged seven – on top of existing exams in reading and maths taken at the same time.
  • SATs tests in the three-Rs taken by 11-year-olds at the end of primary school will be dramatically toughened up to coincide with the introduction of the Government’s new National Curriculum;
  • All primaries will be required to ensure 85 per cent of 11-year-olds reach minimum standards – up from just 65 per cent at the moment – or satisfy alternative pupil progress measures, with those failing do so likely to be placed under the control of new leadership;

David Laws, the Schools Minister justifies the changes saying that “The new system will mean higher standards, no hiding place for under-performing schools and coasting schools, and real credit being given to schools and colleges which may have challenging intakes but which improve their pupils’ performance.

“In primary schools, we are raising the bar to improve standards and introducing a proper measure of progress from when children start school to age 11.

“I want to see all children leaving primary school with a good standard of reading, writing and maths so that they can thrive at secondary school. A better start at secondary school is a better start in life.”


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