Key Stage 1 and phonics screening check attainment

7 October 2022

The Key Stage 1 and phonics screening check attainment for the academic year 2021/22 was published on 6 October 2022.

This publication provides the attainment of pupils in the 2022 phonics screening check and Key Stage 1 national curriculum teacher assessments, and includes statistics for pupils in schools in England:
  • at national level, broken down by the following pupil characteristics – gender, disadvantage, free school meal eligibility, ethnicity, special educational need status, first language and month of birth
  • at national level, broken down by the following school characteristics – school type, school phase, cohort size and school religious character
  • at regional and local authority level, broken down by gender
Key headlines
Attainment in the phonics screening check has decreased compared to 2019:
  • 75% of pupils met the expected standard in the phonics screening check in Year 1, down from 82% in 2019
  • 87% of pupils met the expected standard in the phonics screening check by the end of Year 2, down from 91% in 2019
Attainment at Key Stage 1 has decreased in all subjects compared to 2019:
  • 67% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, down from 75% in 2019
  • 68% of pupils met the expected standard in maths, down from 76% in 2019
  • 58% of pupils met the expected standard in writing, down from 69% in 2019
  • 77% of pupils met the expected standard in science, down from 82% in 2019
  • attainment of disadvantaged pupils has fallen further than for other pupils, increasing the disadvantage attainment gap 

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