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THE number of primary school pupils in England England, the largest and most populous portion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1991 pop. 46,382,050), 50,334 sq mi (130,365 sq km). It is bounded by Wales and the Irish Sea on the west and Scotland on the north.  failing to reach a basic level in English has fallen for the first time since school Sats tests were introduced.

The results of this year's national curriculum tests show one in five 11-year-olds are often unable to spell words with more than one syllable syllable

Segment of speech usually consisting of a vowel with or without accompanying consonant sounds (e.g., a, I, out, too, cap, snap, check). A syllabic consonant, like the final n sound in button and widen, also constitutes a syllable.
 or construct a sentence using the correct punctuation punctuation [Lat.,=point], the use of special signs in writing to clarify how words are used; the term also refers to the signs themselves. In every language, besides the sounds of the words that are strung together there are other features, such as tone, accent, and . The pass rate for the benchmark Level 4 English test was 80% this year - down from 81%. Until now, pass results have either risen or remained level year-onyear since Sats were introduced in 1995.

Figures show 115,400 pupils failed Level 4 English. More than 121,000, or 21%, failed Level 4 maths, which expects pupils to be able to recite their seven times table.

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Date:Aug 5, 2009
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