"Nearly half of primary school pupils in England failed to meet the new required standard in reading, writing and maths, national Sats results have shown."
"Data released for the first time since the introduction of a new testing system two years ago revealed that 47 per cent of children failed to pass the three Rs."
"Last year 80 per cent of pupils met the required standard across all three subjects of reading, writing and maths. Ministers insisted this year’s results were `not comparable to test results from previous years` because they are part of a `tougher` curriculum and a new marking standard."
"Head teachers argued the results should not have been made public because they label pupils as `failures`. Department for Education (DfE) statistics showed 66 per cent of pupils met the standard in reading; 70 per cent in maths; 72 per cent in grammar, punctuation and spelling; and 74 per cent writing."
"The overall pass figure of 53 per cent relates to the number of pupils who reached the expected standard in all three subjects."