This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides provisional information on the achievements of eligible pupils (typically 11 year olds) in the 2009 National Curriculum assessments at Key Stage 2 (KS2). The figures in this SFR are produced from data provided to the Department by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) and released to schools on 7 July 2009.

National Curriculum tests are a measurement of achievement against the precise attainment targets of the National Curriculum rather than any generalised concept of ability in any of the subject areas. The National Curriculum standards have been designed so that most pupils will progress by approximately one level every two years. This means that by the end of KS2 pupils are expected to achieve Level 4.

The key points from the Key Stage 2 test results for 2009 are that the percentages of pupils achieving Level 4 or above in the 2009 Key Stage 2 tests by subject are as follows:

  • English 80% (85% for girls, 75% for boys)

  • Reading 86% (89% for girls, 82% for boys)

  • Writing 67% (75% for girls, 60% for boys)

  • Mathematics 79% (78% for girls, 79% for boys)

  • Science 88% (89% for girls, 88% for boys)

The percentages of pupils achieving Level 5 in the 2009 Key Stage 2 tests by subject are as follows:
  • English 29% (35% for girls, 23% for boys)

  • Reading 47% (54% for girls, 41% for boys)

  • Writing 19% (24% for girls, 15% for boys)

  • Mathematics 35% (32% for girls, 37% for boys)

  • Science 43% (43% for girls, 43% for boys)