This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides provisional information at national level on the achievements of eligible pupils (typically 14 year olds) in the 2008 National Curriculum assessments at Key Stage 3 (KS3). The figures in this SFR are produced from data provided to the Department by the National Assessment Agency (NAA) and released to schools on 25 July 2008.

The information in this SFR is provisional subject to: the outcome of the appeals process whereby schools can request a review for one or more of their pupils on the grounds that the mark scheme has not been correctly applied; any changes made by schools during the Achievement and Attainment Tables checking exercise in the Autumn term; the outcome of the Sutherland Inquiry which is looking into the problems with delivery of this year's National Curriculum tests; and further advice from the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual). At the time of publication, information from Ofqual indicates that the underlying data are of sufficient quality to support this publication.

The Department's Head of Profession for Statistics has determined that the data underpinning this publication are more than sufficient to produce reliable provisional national results, with coverage across England at 84 per cent for English, and 94 per cent for Mathematics and Science. However, this SFR contains no local authority information. The Head of Profession for Statistics has decided to delay publication of provisional KS3 results at the local authority level until there is a sufficient volume of data for every local authority in all three subjects to enable publication of a complete set of provisional results on a consistent basis for all local authorities.

The key points from the Key Stage 3 test results for 2008 are that the percentages of pupils achieving Level 5 or above in the 2008 Key Stage 3 tests by subject are as follows:

  • English 73% (80% for girls, 66% for boys)
  • Reading 69% (76% for girls, 62% for boys)
  • Writing 77% (83% for girls, 70% for boys)
  • Mathematics 77% (77% for girls, 76% for boys)
  • Science 71% (71% for girls, 72% for boys)
The percentages of pupils achieving Level 6 or above in the 2008 Key Stage 3 tests by subject are as follows:

  • English 33% (41% for girls, 26% for boys)
  • Reading 33% (41% for girls, 26% for boys)
  • Writing 36% (44% for girls, 30% for boys)
  • Mathematics 57% (56% for girls, 58% for boys)
  • Science 41% (40% for girls, 42% for boys)

Contact details

Adam Hatton - Attainment Statistics Team