Just to add to my previous post - have had a good look through the writing papers and now understand entirely why the independent review body wants to remove the writing test! A group of children with very average long writing tasks scoring the writing equivalent of a 5A and one marginally weaker piece that barely scrapped a 4c by 2010 threshold standards! Add to that a group of children who wrote newspaper reports with every conceivable newspaper report feature scoring 3/12 for composition and effect. Reading however is a different story! 44-48 scores from nearly half of my year 6.