Girls have the edge in writing

12th January 2001 at 00:00
BOYS have outperformed girls in optional maths tests for eight, nine and 10-year-olds. But girls achieved significantly higher than boys in reading and writing. The writing results overall confirmed problems in this area, identified in national urriculum tests scores for 11-year-olds, with about half of children reaching the expected level in each age group. More than 90 per cent of primary schools used the optional Qualifications and Curriculum Authority tests last summer.

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