Primary league tables: Special-needs pupils struggle with new tests

Pupils with particular instructional wants (SEN) in England are dropping additional behind their classmates in nationwide major college exams, statistics present.

The hole between SEN pupils and their friends has risen from 48 proportion factors in 2016 to 52 this 12 months.

The figures are revealed in class league tables, printed by the Division for Schooling (DfE), displaying the outcomes of about 16,000 primaries.

Head academics say special-needs training funding is in disaster.

The federal government statistics present 18% of kids with SEN reached the anticipated stage in studying, writing and arithmetic, in contrast with 70% of their friends with out particular wants.

Though SEN pupils’ outcomes edged upwards on final 12 months, when 14% made the grade, their non-SEN friends boosted their outcomes extra dramatically from 62% to 70%.

Academics have been warning that pupils with particular wants, similar to gentle autism or dyslexia, would battle within the more durable exams launched final 12 months.

A Nationwide Affiliation of Head Academics’ spokesman stated it was “a type of conditions the place cash is the answer and colleges want the federal government’s assist”.

The tables additionally confirmed deprived pupils nonetheless carry out far worse than all different pupils in England, with round half passing the exams, in comparison with practically two-thirds of non-disadvantaged.

The hole between the 2 teams of pupils is now as huge because it was in 2012 at about 20 proportion factors.

Nevertheless, there does seem like a small catch-up (one proportion level) in poorer pupils’ attainment on 2016 when the more durable exams have been launched and outcomes for all pupils dipped considerably.


NAHT basic secretary Paul Whiteman stated: “This information is a helpful indication of college efficiency however it isn’t the entire story. One factor it does do, although, is verify what NAHT has been saying for a very long time about social mobility.

“Elevating the Key Stage 2 normal (Sats check) was not going to assist shut the hole. The problems that underpin inequality attain far past the varsity gates and exist all through the communities that colleges serve.”

However Faculties Minister Nick Gibb hailed the achievements of pupils and academics, saying that they had responded effectively to the extra rigorous curriculum.

This set of pupils was the primary to profit from the federal government’s new method to phonics, he stated.

“Pupils are actually leaving major college higher ready for the rigours of secondary college and for future success of their training,” Mr Gibb added.

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General, pupils have scored higher of their Sats outcomes than final 12 months, which was the primary 12 months of the brand new exams.

The DfE stated this was partly due to “elevated familiarity” with the brand new exams.

There was a 9 proportion level enhance within the proportion of black pupils passing the exams, to 60% – only one proportion level behind the nationwide common and white pupils.

The highest 5 native authorities have been all London boroughs, with Richmond upon Thames on the high, Kensington and Chelsea coming second and Bromley third.

The internal metropolis boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Hackney have claimed the fourth and fifth spots.

In 1999, Hackney, which had been one of many worst performing boroughs, grew to become the primary native training authority to be taken out of council management.

On this 12 months’s exams throughout England, native authority colleges barely outperformed academies and free colleges, with 62% of their colleges reaching the anticipated normal in contrast with 61% of academies and free colleges.

In all, 511 colleges – four% of the entire – have fallen beneath the federal government’s expectations or “flooring normal”, the place fewer than 65% of pupils met the anticipated normal in studying, writing and arithmetic and the varsity didn’t obtain adequate progress scores in all three topics.

That is an enchancment on final 12 months, the place 665 – 5% – primaries have been discovered wanting.

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