In previous years we have investigated regional variations between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales starting at Year 3. This year we have two innovations to report.

The first is that because the numbers of children quizzing have increased across the board, we can now report on regional variations from Year 1. However, we only do this when the numbers for that region are reasonably large, which is why Year 1 only features England. Year 2 onwards features England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Wales does not appear until Year 4.

Secondly, in order to compare the UK regions with a neighbouring country, we have included the results from the Republic of Ireland in these tables. However, we only do this from Year 2. In the future we may include the results from other countries where Accelerated Reader is used, such as Australia.