Primary School Grades UK

Primary school league tables: how to read the rankings

The primary school performance tables show the number of Year 6 pupils taking SATs tests at each school, the average point score of each school, and the percentage of pupils getting a Level 4 – the average for the age group – and Level 5 – above average – in reading, writing and maths.

Does looking at last year’s results provide a realistic comparison?

It's a good place to start, but each year's results should also be taken on an individual basis. Saying that, last year it was harder to compare results with 2013, following a decision by the then-Coalition Government to raise the target level that all schools must meet.

In 2013, the standard was 60 per cent, and in 2014 it was raised to 65 per cent – a move intended to drive up standards over time. However, despite this increase, the number of struggling schools actually remained unchanged.

What is expected of schools?

The floor standard requires schools to ensure that 65 per cent of schoolchildren achieve Level 4 in the 3 Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic) – the average expected for a child at age 11 – or satisfy separate pupil progress requirements. However, the performance tables also indicate the percentage of children scoring level 5, which would be beyond expectations for the age group.

Where can I see the results?

Using data published today, the Telegraph have created an interactive search tool (publishing today) that allows readers to search by region or school and then compare results against one another.

Each school’s page shows you the percentage of pupils achieving both Level 4 and Level 5 in reading, writing and maths and compares this with the average in the Local Education Authority (LEA) and the national average. Subjects are then broken down individually.

An average points score is calculated by assigning each level a certain number of points – Level 2 or below is 15, Level 3 is 21, Level 4 is 27, Level 5 is 33 and Level 6 is 39. Totals are then divided by the number of pupils sitting the tests to provide an average.

What can affect a school’s results?

While performance tables give an insight into academic attainment, a number of factors must be taken into consideration when truly comparing and analysing results.


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