This year’s key stage 2 SATs results prove the case that further investment will be needed if the government’s 90% target is to be met by 2030, it was said this week.

The 2022 results have been published this week and come after two years of Covid-19 during which time tests were postponed and pupils experienced significant disruption to their learning.

Primary school leaders warned this week that the SATs data must be handled with caution. As expected, outcomes are down when compared with 2019 – the last time tests were taken – although this trend has been bucked in the reading assessment, where results have improved.

Schools have been praised for their work in minimising the impact of Covid-19 and delivering the tests while also supporting pupils’ social and emotional recovery from the pandemic.

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