Attainment continues to increase, whilst progress remained stable compared to 2014. The proportion of pupils achieving level 4 or above in all of reading, writing and mathematics increased to 80% this year, compared to 78% last year.
Fewer schools are below the floor standard this year. 676 schools (representing 5% of mainstream state schools) were below the floor standard, compared to 768 (6%) in 2014.
32% of 11 year olds were classed as disadvantaged in 2015. Disadvantaged pupils are defined as those known to be eligible for free school meals in any of the previous six years (often known as Ever6) or children looked after by the local authority for at least 1 day.
The gap between disadvantaged pupils and others has continued to decrease. The DfE have also proposed a new method for measuring the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. This was applied to the 2015 data, and it shows that the attainment gap has decreased in each of the last four years, narrowing by 1.6% in 2015 and 7.1% since 2011.
Governing boards can use the performance tables to compare their school’s performance nationally, within a local authority area and with similar schools. It is also useful for comparing the performance of disadvantaged pupils within a school with their performance in other similar schools.