This academic year has witnessed the first ten and eleven year olds to undertake the new Standard Assessment Tests.
The SATs were changed this year to ensure they matched the content in the 2014 National Curriculum for KS2. (Children have studied this four year programme, for just under two years.)
When the initial sample papers and interim framework were slowly introduced by the DfE, teachers ensured they voiced their concerns. However, these concerns were not addressed so teachers continued to do what they do best; they taught. Over the next few months the profession pulled together to help the current Year Six children to continue to learn all the new elements of the KS2 National Curriculum.
Results were revealed in the early hours of of Tuesday morning; head teachers up and down the country waited in anticipation to see if their children had achieved the expected standard for KS2.
Almost half of the pupils in England have failed to meet the new standard in reading, writing and mathematics.
Data shows that just over half (53%) of year six children achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics. This means 47% of pupils are considered to have failed to meet the new standard.
To put this into perspective, last year 80% of children met the required standard in reading, writing and maths - but that was in relation to the previous system. Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has said the lower results were to be expected and they should not be compared to previous years.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: "The government has decided that nearly half of pupils have failed at the end of their primary education."