More primary school pupils achieve ‘expected standard’ in Sats exams amid criticism of testing regime

The results released on Tuesday show fewer 10- and 11-year-olds (73 per cent) reached the expected level this year in reading compared to the year before (75 per cent).

In writing and grammar, punctuation and spelling, 78 per cent reached the expected level – the same as last year. In maths, 79 per cent of pupils reached the expected standard – up from 76 per cent.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said more than a third of 11-year-olds will arrive in secondary school in September knowing they have been labelled as below the expected standard.