Phonic screening check and key stage 1 assessments
October 11, 2017
The DfE has published a Statistical First Release (SFR) on the 2017 phonics screening check and key stage 1 teacher assessments. The SFR includes information on attainment by different school and pupil characteristics.
The main findings are:
81% of pupils met the standard in the phonics screening check at the end of year 1, an increase of 24% in 2012
68% of pupils eligible for FSM met the standard in phonics, compared with 84% of all other pupils – a widening of the gap by 1% compared to 2016
in the key stage 1 assessments, reading results rose to 76%, while maths rose to 75%
free schools showed the strongest performance across reading, writing, maths and science, followed by converter academies, then local authority maintained schools, and sponsored academies
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils is one of the three core function of the governing board. In order to do this effectively, governing boards need to understand how assessment works in their school and how to interpret information about assessment outcomes.