English results for 11-year-olds look set to rise for the first time in four years, according to a TES poll, writes Helen Ward.
The survey of 90 schools in England suggests that maths results will also rise slightly after last year's standstill. Results will fall short of the Westminster Government's original targets for 2004 of 85 per cent of pupils to reach level 4 in English and maths. Ministers now say the targets are an aspiration for 2006.
KS2 results are always politically sensitive but with an election looming they will be seen as a test of the Government's success in primary education.