Wales

Educational attainment at age 11

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: By local authority

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Map

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph compares the proportion of children assessed by their teachers as failing to reach level 4 at key stage 2 (11 year-olds) in schools which have at least a third of their pupils eligible for free school meals with that for all maintained mainstream schools.  The graph shows English and maths separately.

Note that teacher assessments, rather than actual tests, are shown as the tests now no longer take place.  Also note that the figures shown are the school-level medians rather than the pupil-level means.  Finally, Welsh as a subject is not included as it is only taught in a small number of schools and thus the statistics jump around a lot from year to year.

The second graph and map show how the proportions of children assessed as failing to reach level 4 at key stage 2 above varies by local authority, with the data shown being the average for English and maths.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.

The data source for both graphs and the map is the Welsh Assembly Government's publications entitled National curriculum assessments of 7, 11 and 14 year olds.  The data covers all LEA maintained schools.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium.  While the data itself is sound enough, the choice of the particular level of exam success is a matter of judgement.

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