When we spoke to 7-11 year olds on the subject we found that:
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Literacy skill: 2014 statistics
According to the latest National Curriculum Assessments in England for Key Stage 2 pupils released in August 2014, literacy skills amongst children are improving. Results show that reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling tests have seen the greatest increases in attainment from 2013; an increase of 3 percentage points at level 4 or above and 5 percentage points at level 5 or above.
In writing, attainment increased by 2 percentage points at level 4 or above and 3 percentage points at level 5 or above. The percentage of pupils making expected progress also increased by 3 percentage points to 91% in reading and by 1 percentage point to 93% in writing.
Girls continue to outperform boys in the grammar, punctuation and spelling test with 81% of girls achieving level 4 or above compared to 72% of boys. Girls also outperformed boys at level 5 or above with 58% of girls achieving level 5 or above compared to 46% of boys. In 2014, girls performed better than boys in achieving level 4 or above in teacher assessments for all subjects, the gap being widest in the writing teacher assessment where 81% of boys achieved level 4 or above compared to 90% of girls. Only 91% of boys make expected progress in writing compared to 94% of girls
Statistics: August 2014 For full statistics and more information visit the Department for Education website.