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Percentage of primary school pupils in Essex achieving Sats benchmark climbs and is again above national average

4 July 2017

Essex is again above the national average for the percentage of pupils achieving the Government’s expected standard in their key stage 2 Sats tests.

According to data published by the Department for Education today, 63 per cent of the county’s year 6 pupils achieved at least the expected standard in the combined reading, writing and maths measure, compared to an England average of 61 per cent. 

The Essex figure has improved by seven percentage points on the one achieved in 2016.

In writing, 78 per cent achieved the expected standard – above the 76 per cent national average.

In maths, 76 per cent achieved the benchmark, compared with 75 per cent nationally.

In reading, 73 per cent reached at least the expected standard, again higher than the national average of 71 per cent.

All of the Essex figures are also up compared with 2016, which was the first year the government’s new measures had been used (see Notes to Editors for 2016 data).

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I would like to congratulate pupils on their excellent achievements and wish them the best of luck as they approach the next stage of their education.

“The county’s primary schools are currently performing very well, with 92 per cent currently rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted and pupils continuing to achieve very good results.

“Although our role with schools is changing, we will continue to work closely with them to ensure children in Essex get the best start in life, including the best possible education.”