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Reflections on year 6 reading attainment

The key stage 2 national curriculum tests can give us far greater insights than just a scaled score. Sarah Gibb explores what individual question data can tell us about which skills pupils successfully demonstrate in year 6 and which areas prove more challenging

Trying to cover the breadth of the English national curriculum presents a substantial challenge for any year 6 teacher. Determining which aspects of the subject and which skills to focus on during precious literacy time can be difficult: everything seems to warrant attention, especially with the need to be ready for end of key stage national curriculum tests.

To support year 6 teachers with their curriculum planning, the NFER has scrutinised the data and the papers from the 2017 and 2018 key stage 2 national curriculum tests and combined these findings with some of the key diagnostic points from our own year 6 NFER tests.

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