This week, the department for education (DfE) has released the primary school performance tables for 2017/18. For each primary school, this includes the results for key stage two SATs and teacher assessments, and key stage one and two pupil progress measures in reading, writing and mathematics.
Looking across all primary schools, analysis from the BBC has revealed that only 51% of disadvantaged pupils (i.e. those eligible for free school meals or who have ever been looked after by the local authority) were reaching the “expected level” at key stage two compared to 70% of non-disadvantaged pupils. Breaking this down, the BBC revealed that:
- 80% of non-disadvantaged pupils achieved the “expected standard” in reading compared to 64% of disadvantaged pupils
- 83% of non-disadvantaged pupils achieved the “expected standard” in writing compared to 67% of disadvantaged pupils
- 81% of non-disadvantaged pupils achieved the “expected standard” in maths compared to 64% of disadvantaged pupils
Furthermore, while the “gap” between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils has shrunk since 2011, the BBC analysis highlighted that, at its current rate, “poorer pupils will not catch up for 50 years”.