The latest national statistics on Key Stage 1 Attainment by Pupil Characteristics in England produced by the Department for Education were released on 11 November 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides 2009/10 information on attainment for Key Stage 1 teacher assessments by different pupil characteristics, specifically gender, ethnicity, English as a first language, eligibility for free school meals (FSM), special educational needs (SEN) at National and Local Authority level. It shows:
- Girls continue to outperform boys in all 4 elements (reading, writing mathematics and science) at Key Stage 1, with the biggest differences in reading and writing.
- Pupils of Indian, Chinese and Mixed White and Asian origin had the highest proportions achieving the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics. In science, a higher proportion of pupils from Mixed White and Asian, Indian and White British backgrounds achieved the expected level than their peers.
- A higher proportion of pupils whose first language is English achieved the expected level in all 4 elements than pupils for whom English is not their first language.
- Pupils not eligible for FSM continue to outperform pupils known to be eligible for FSM across all 4 elements. The gap is largest in reading and writing.
- Pupils with no identified SEN continue to outperform pupils with SEN. The gap is largest in reading and writing.
- Pupils resident in the least deprived areas, as defined by the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI), continue to outperform pupils resident in the most deprived areas. The gap is largest in writing and smallest in mathematics.
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