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Free schools top of the class for phonics for the fourth year running

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Provisional phonics results released by the Department for Education indicate that free schools have outperformed other schools for the fourth year running. Overall, 88% of pupils in free schools met the expected standard in phonics, compared to 83% nationally. In addition, Key Stage One results released today also show free schools at the top of the table, with more students reaching the expected standard than other schools across every subject.

Results at phonics check by school type:

School Type

Number of schools

Number of eligible pupils

Meeting the required standard of phonic decoding

Free schools

177

7,904

88%

Converter academies

3,298

148,128

84%

LA maintained schools

11,060

447,981

83%

Sponsored academies

1,269

55,303

80%

All schools

15,804

659,316

83%

Results at Key Stage One by school type:

School Type

Number of schools

Number of eligible pupils

Percentage of pupils reaching the expected standard at Key Stage One

English Reading

English Writing

Mathematics

Science

Free schools

159

6,999

81%

75%

81%

86%

Converter academies

3,301

148,383

77%

72%

78%

84%

LA maintained schools

11,072

448,201

76%

71%

77%

84%

Sponsored academies

1,264

55,548

71%

65%

72%

78%

All schools

15,796

659,091

76%

71%

77%

83%

Secondary free schools are also performing extremely well. Last year, free schools outperformed all other schools at GCSE, with an average Progress 8 score of 0.15. At A Level, 24.6% of students achieved AAB or better in free schools, compared to 20.7% across the state funded sector.

Mark Lehain, Interim Director, New Schools Network, said:

“Today’s results are further proof of some of the great work happening in our free schools across the country. The fact that Key Stage One and phonics results have been consistently impressive over several years highlights how the policy is creating excellent new schools in areas where they are desperately needed. I look forward to seeing the future successes of these schools.”