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Percentage of children and adolescents achieving at least the expected proficiency level in English and Mathematics at ages 7, 11 and 16
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At age 7, schools are categorised into infant schools (those with highest statutory pupil age of 7), primary schools (those with highest statutory pupil age between 8 and 11) and other schools (those with highest statutory pupil age greater than 11). At age 11, schools are categorised into primary schools (those with lowest statutory age below 7 and highest statutory age of 11), junior schools (those with lowest statutory age of 7 or above and highest statutory age of 11) and other schools (those with highest statutory age greater than 11 - this category includes middle and all-through schools. For age 16, minimum proficiency is defined for the purpose of this indicator as achieving a grade 4 or above.
No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator. For insight into the details of potential calculations please refer to the original source metadata or source contact.
For ages 7 and 11, figures before 2016 are not comparable to figures from 2016 onwards due to a change in assesments.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Education has cancelled the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments (KS1 & KS2) and associated data collections. Furthermore, the summer exams were cancelled in 2020. Pupils scheduled to sit GCSE and A/AS level exams in 2020 were awarded either a centre assessment grade or their calculated grade using a model developed by Ofqual. The new method of awarding grades has led to a set of pupil attainment statistics that are unlike previous years. As a result the 2019/20 data should not be directly compared to attainment data from previous years for the purposes of measuring changes in student performance and, therefore, are not presented on this graph. For more information please visit DfE KS4 2019/20
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||22 November 2021|
|Metadata last updated||11 February 2022|