-The number of pupils being entered for the tougher Level 6 SATs test in England has almost doubled in two years, the government has revealed.
The tests, taken by 11-year olds prior to leaving primary school, concentrate on Maths and English attainment, with 550,000 11-year-olds took the tests last week.
Figures reveal that in reading some 95,000 pupils were also entered for the optional Level 6 tests, compared with 47,000 in 2012; maths some 106,000 were entered for Level 6 Sats, compared with 55,000 in 2012; and the SPaG element 90,000 were entered for the Level 6 tests, compared with 58,856 in 2013.
A Department for Education spokesman said:
“We brought back these tests because we wanted to give teachers the chance to set high aspirations for pupils in literacy and numeracy.
“We want to see every school stretching all their pupils and these figures show that primary schools have embraced the opportunity to stretch their brightest 11-year-olds by teaching them more demanding new material, in line with the new curriculum, and by entering them for the Level 6 test.
“This is part of a package of measures, along with toughening up existing primary school tests, raising the bar and introducing higher floor standards that will raise standards and help ensure all children arrive at secondary school ready to thrive.”