This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides 2009 information on attainment for Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessments by different pupil characteristics, specifically gender, ethnicity, eligibility for free school meals (FSM), special educational needs (SEN) and English as a first language. It shows:

  • Girls outperformed boys in all 4 elements (reading, writing mathematics and science) at Key Stage 1, with the biggest differences in reading and writing.
  • A higher proportion of pupils from Indian, Chinese and Mixed White and Asian ethnic backgrounds achieved the expected level than their peers in reading, writing and mathematics. A higher proportion of pupils from Mixed White and Asian, White British and Chinese backgrounds achieved the expected level in science.
  • When compared with pupils with English as an additional language, a greater proportion of pupils whose first language was English achieved the expected level in all 4 elements of Key Stage 1.
  • When compared with pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, a greater proportion of pupils who were not eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level. The difference was least in mathematics and greatest in writing.
  • When compared with pupils with SEN, a greater proportion of pupils who with no identified SEN achieved the expected level. The difference was greatest in writing with an attainment gap of 48.6 percentage points and least in science with an attainment gap of 31.2 percentage points.