### England: Improvements in Y1 phonics screening check and Key Stage 1 assessments

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**Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:47 am**https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... 1_2016.pdf

Phonics screening check and Key stage 1 assessments in England, 2016

1. Phonics results (Tables 1 and 7)

81% of pupils met the expected standard of phonic decoding at the end of year 1. An increase of 23 percentage points since the introduction of the assessment in 2012. The proportion of year 1 pupils achieving the phonics standard has increased year on year since 2012.

The percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard by the end of year 2 has risen to 91% in 2016 continuing the steady increase from the 85% of pupils achieving the standard when the year 2 assessment was introduced in 2013.

Table A shows the proportion of pupils meeting the phonics standard by the end of year 2, comparing that with the proportion of pupils in their year group who had met the standard while in year 1.

School level figures are not published for phonics, but 1138 schools have at least 95% of the pupils achieving the phonics standard in year 1 in 2016 compared with 753 schools in 2015 and 611 in 2014.