Our reforms are raising standards and thanks to the hard work of teachers there are a record number of children in good or outstanding schools - 1.4 million more since 2010.
We want that trend to continue which is why the proposals in our White Paper will put power back in the hands of the teachers and school leaders who know their pupils best, alongside new measures to more swiftly tackle failing and coasting schools. Our reforms have given teachers the freedom to innovate and develop exciting lessons that inspire pupils.
We know mastering the basics of literacy and numeracy at primary school has a huge impact on how well children do at GCSE, which is why we are determined to raise standards.
We have updated the Key Stage 2 tests to reflect our new, more rigorous curriculum which will help every child fulfil their potential regardless of their circumstances.
Tests help teachers identify and provide the support pupils need as well as giving parents a picture of how their child is doing.
– DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION