This article will uncover how performance in the Year 6 SATs varies across the UK based on region.

According to analysis of results by the Department of Education (  2016), results in 2016 show that in the UK there were 665 schools that are below the primary floor standard. This means that less than 65% of pupils achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths or the school does not show sufficient progress in scores in all three subjects.

Further analysis of the results has shown that school performance varies across the UK. The percentage of schools below the floor is 1% in London which is notably lower than in any other region. The South West and the East Midlands total 7% which is the highest percentage of schools below the floor.

The North West performs below average for the UK at between 5-6% of schools below the floor.

Why is regional performance important?

These statistics show the school performance in the North West is lower than average.

Around 1 in 20 schools are below the Primary School floor whereas in London only 1 in 100 are below the level.

As a result, our region is underperforming compared to the national average and therefore more effort is required throughout the duration of KS2 education to improve these figures.

Table 1  ‘Percentage of schools below the floor’ (  2016, p. 17)


What can we do to improve our results?

At Accelerate Learning, we believe that every child regardless of school has a chance to meet the expected level in all subjects areas for the KS2 SATs.

We aim to equip our students with the knowledge, practice and exam strategies that they will need to perform to the best of their ability in the tests. We provide homework and quarterly assessments to track our pupils’ progress.

We also have a intensive SATs course during the Easter holidays that offers 4 days of SATs tuition to prepare students for the tests.

If you would like further information, please contact our reception on 0151 203 0115.

References (2016). Statistics: key stage 2 – GOV.UK. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Mar. 2018].