Official DfE release on phonics reading check and Key Stage 1 results

Here is the official DfE release on the results of the Year 1 phonics reading check and Key Stage 1 results…

National, regional and local authority results for the Year 1 phonics reading check and Key Stage 1 results are published today.

The results for the phonics reading check show that 58 per cent of six-year-olds reached the expected standard (32 out of 40). Thanks to the check, teachers have identified over 235,000 pupils who will now receive additional reading support from the school.

The check is a short, light-touch assessment of the phonic skills of pupils at the end of Year 1. It assesses their ability break down and blend words using systematic synthetic phonics, the internationally proven method of driving up reading standards, especially in children aged five to seven.

It was piloted in June 2011, involving around 9,000 children. Independent evaluation of the pilot, conducted by the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR), found that:

  • 43 per cent of pilot schools were able to identify pupils with reading problems of which they were not already aware.
  • 83 per cent of teachers said the number of words was suitable; 80 per cent said the type of vocabulary was suitable; and 74 per cent thought the non-words used were suitable.
  • The experience of the check was positive for most pupils.
  • The check took on average between four and nine minutes to complete per pupil.

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss said:

The reading check helps teachers identify those pupils who need extra help in learning to read.

Many thousands of children will now receive the extra support they need to develop a love of reading.

Today’s publication also shows that there has been a slight rise in the percentage of pupils reaching the expected level – Level 2 – across all areas of the teacher-assessed Key Stage 1 subjects – reading, writing, speaking and listening, maths and science.

 Percentage of pupils reaching Level 2 or above
Subject 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Reading 84 84 84 84 85 85 87
Writing 81 80 80 81 81 81 83
Speaking and Listening 87 87 87 87 87 87 88
Mathematics 90 90 90 89 89 90 91
Science 89 89 89 89 89 89 89

Commenting on the Key Stage 1 results, Elizabeth Truss added:

I congratulate pupils, families and teachers on their hard work and achievements.  The Government is committed to improving performance by raising expectations, giving new freedoms to schools and increasing teachers’ professional responsibility.

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