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Almost 40 per cent of primary school pupils in England failed to meet the government’s expected standard in reading, writing and maths, national SATs tests results show. Figures released by the Department for Education showed 61 per cent of pupils reached the expected standard in 2017, up from 53 per cent in 2016. This means 39 per cent failed to reach the expected standard across all three subjects of reading, writing and maths this year. More than half a million 11-year-olds across England took national curriculum tests, known as SATs, in May, with the results used in annual school league tables to assess a school’s performance. The figures show an improvement on last year in all areas with 71 per cent of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, compared with 66 per cent last year, while 75 per cent of pupils met the expected standard in maths, compared with 70 per cent last year. The expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling was met by 77 per cent of pupils, compared with 73 per cent last year, and 76 per cent of pupils met the expected standard in writing, compared with 74 per cent last year. Here’s your thoughts on the subject:

Samantha Mcseveny

So a 5 per cent increase in pupils passing then?

Linda Brown

These results are really good. Some of the kids will be late bloomers too.

Leanna Fairfax

Well they have lowered the target that is needed to be met this year. Wonder if that is anything to do with it.

Judith Rawlings

I don’t know if you are familiar with the tests but 11 year olds are now expected to identify fronted adverbials.

The problem is not children being unable to read but children being forced to spend hours learning things which are irrelevant to both comprehension and the ability to communicate.

Damian Barrett

My own kids have told me about new children coming into their school that were born here and struggle with basic English, because they’re not speaking it at home because their parents struggle to speak it. Unfortunately it brings the ability to learn down for other children.

Fiona Jackson

Not exactly news but maybe if the government lowered these ridiculously high standards children would do better and feel less stressed and worried.

No child should feel like that because the government impose these stupid standards

I already see the pressure put on my five year old child and it’s ridiculous some of the things she should know and be doing. Even from starting at four the things expected were just too much.

Dave Fieldhouse

I wonder if they will put a fine on it.

John Rose

So when do we as parents get the results? Our school told us in 11 days time with their reports.

Nicola Jackson

My son’s school no longer bother to send reading books home.

It used to be the job of the teaching assistant to sort out home reading books on a weekly basis, they now expect the children to do this themselves.

Helen Graham

You mean more than 60 per cent passed surely. Let’s have a bit of ‘cup half full’ occasionally please.

Jane EM Shaw

The standards have got higher each year, poor kids can’t reach standards when goalposts keep moving and year on year they need to achieve more at 11 years old. What happened to childhood?

Jason Thackrah

Parents need to take responsibility too.

I bet the majority of those who didn’t come up to scratch get little or no input/interest from their parents.

School is just a babysitting service for some.

Michelle Turner

The government moved the bench mark by 6/7 marks on top of changing the SATs papers last year.

Dawn Hearsum

It should be compulsory that parents teach the children to read.

When they have a good start at school, ie they can read basic words, teachers can teach them more important things.

Danielle Watson

I’m not surprised given the amount of pressure they are under - far too young! Timed assignments should be abolished - far too young!

Sophie Blanthorn

That’s because the standards are now way too high. The maths questions are really difficult, most adults would seriously struggle with them. Poor kids.

Gem Thomas

Could the standard be unrealistic I wonder?

Michaela Nash

What a surprise considering they’re constantly changing goalposts. Poor kids and teachers made to feel like failures just because of another government whim.

Sophie Alexandra Jubb

Children are just children.

They all learn in different ways. Setting one standard and saying they haven’t reached it and basically fail, I don’t see how that helps for mental stability. A lot of parents are home schooling children and the results are amazing and these kids are happy due to not having the pressure put on them at school.

I myself was home schooled - I learnt quicker and above my age group and was able to go to college and study on the highest level of my course.

Both my children will be home schooled and not have to live up to a government standard, whatever that means.

Let kids be kids, it doesn’t last forever.

Lisa Clough

There’s a lot passed and the scores have gone up. Surely the media should be focusing on that.

Bill Hewitt

More important is how many turned out to be decent, well rounded individuals, ready to be an asset to society in their own way.

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YEP Letters: June 15