Nothing left to imagination
But John Shenton, head of Reepham primary school, feels an unimaginative writing test put pupils at a disadvantage.
He said: "The longer writing tasks seemed dated and old-fashioned. The children were unable to write on limited and mundane subjects - we had prepared them for more sophisticated and challenging tasks."
While 90 per cent of students obtained level 4 and above in reading, only 49 per cent achieved the same in writing. Only 35 per cent of boys managed level 4 in writing.
Mr Shenton said: "We are doing as much as we can in terms of literacy, but the literacy strategy puts a lot of emphasis on reading and it is difficult finding opportunities for writing longer pieces.