The national average for phonics screening check results has again improved on previous years:
- This year 77% of 6 year-olds reached the expected standards - a 19% increase since 2012
- 3% (over 16,000 pupils) more Year 1 children met the threshold compared to last year
- The gap between pupils eligible for free school meals and their peers achieving the expected level has closed by 2 percentage points since 2012.
Figures also show a rise in 7-year-olds fulfilling their potential in key stage 1 reading tests:
- The proportion of pupils achieving the expected level (Level 2) or above has increased from 85% in 2010 to 90% in 2015 - a rise of approximately 37,000 pupils (based on 2015 cohort numbers)
- The proportion achieving Level 3 or above has increased from 26% in 2010 to 32% - a rise of over 40,000 pupils (based on 2015 cohort numbers).