The number of primary schools failing to give pupils a good grounding in the three Rs has halved in the space of a year, official figures suggest.
In total, 521 schools in England are below the Government's floor target for primaries, according to an analysis of data used to create new primary school league tables.
Last year, 1,310 schools were below the threshold.
The results show that schools have "responded to the challenge" that was given to them, the Department for Education (DfE) said.
More top news
Rain across central Britain with longer, intense downpours with thunder in places this evening. A lucky few will stay sunny and dry.
Planning on going to the London Marathon tomorrow? Read our handy guide first!
Labour plans to cap above-inflation rent rises over a three-year period, if they win the General Election.