There has been another slight rise in the number of children leaving England’s primary schools with a good grasp of the “three Rs”, data shows.

In 2015, 80% of Year 6 pupils achieved Level 4 in maths, reading and writing, up from 78% last year.

Improvements for disadvantaged pupils also continued, with 70% reaching the expected level in the basics, up three percentage points on 2014.

Ministers said 90,000 more 11-year-olds than in 2010 had a “good grounding”.

The Department for Education said the results showed schools across the country were “rising to the challenge of raised standards and expectations for all pupils”.

The assertion comes as the government publishes data – or league tables – detailing schools’ performance in national curriculum tests, often known as Sats, taken by Year 6 pupils in the summer term.

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