Children: Communication Skills

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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Photo of Michael Dugher Michael Dugher Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children did not meet the required standards in speech and language by key stage 1 in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley, (c) Yorkshire and Humber and (d) the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

While speech and language are important components of the English National Curriculum and assessments, the Department only collects data of an overall expected standard in reading and writing. Information on the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading and writing is published at national, regional and local authority level as part of the “Phonics screening check and Key Stage 1 assessment” statistical first release.[1]

Parliamentary constituency level information is not available.

The Department for Education produces statistics on England only. The responsibility for education statistics in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales lies with each devolved administration.

[1] KS1 for 2015/16: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577812/SFR42_2016_KS1_LA_tables.xlsx (Table 18 by local authorities’)

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