SATs 2019: gender and disadvantage inequities

Date: 12.09.2019

Education datalab looked at the 2019 KS2 SATs results and note the following:

  • A sizeable gender gap exists – in girls’ favour – at age 11. In 2019, this stands at 10 percentage points when we look at the proportion of pupils at the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined (60% of boys achieved this standard, while for girls the figure is 70%). The gender gap last year was 7 percentage points.
  • Gender gaps in girls’ favour exist in each of the components of the KS2 SATs, with the gap greatest in writing and smallest in maths.
  • The Key Stage 2 disadvantage gap narrowed only fractionally this year, , however, since the introduction of the Pupil Premium, there is a fairly consistent narrowing of the gap.


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