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THE number of primary school pupils in England 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 or construct a sentence using the correct punctuation. 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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