Following the recent publication of ‘league tables’ online, I’m keen to highlight some other outcomes which have not been published online or used to form ‘league tables’.
Firstly, our outcomes for children at the end of their Reception year. Getting it right in the Early Years is crucial and our outcomes for children at the end of Reception have been improving year on year. In 2016, 77% of our children achieved the expected ‘Good Level of Development’. You’ll see from the graph that this is above the national average of 69%.
Children at the end of year 1 are required to take the national phonics screening check. This is a test of their ability to decode 40 words (20 ‘real’ words and 20 ‘pseudo’ words) and in 2016, 80% of our children reached the expected standard in this phonics check.
Outcomes at the end of key stage 1 (year 2) are Teacher Assessment judgements. However, children are required to undertake a test in reading and maths, with these tests being used as part of the evidence to finalise these teacher assessments, along with other evidence from children’s ongoing work in class.
Again, you will see that the number of children achieving the expected standard in all subjects is above the national average, with 70% of our children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.
Our end of key stage 2 (year 6) test results were disappointing. Published outcomes at the end of year 6 are based solely on test results for reading and maths, with writing being teacher assessed. Children’s work from across the entire year – in reading and maths – is not taken into consideration in the test scores.
Although only 48% of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined, the individual subject breakdown were as follows:
Reading – 72% of our pupils at expected standard (66% national)
Writing – 66% of our pupils at expected standard (74% national)
Maths – 69% of our pupils at expected standard (70% national)
Three of our pupils were one mark away from achieving the expected standard in their reading test. Had they have scored one more mark each, this would have moved our reading, writing and maths combined figure to 59% – with the national average being 53%. However, as a school, our expectations are far higher than this.
We have implemented several strategies to further improve our outcomes in key stage 2 tests:
•The Academy Development Plan 2016/17 focusses sharply on progress and attainment (Key Priority 4: Accelerate progress through KS2 across the curriculum; Key Priority 5: Increase level of attainment and progress of more able pupils across the curriculum)
•We have invested in a new assessment tool, which allows teachers – and the leadership team when monitoring progress – to clearly identify strengths and weaknesses in children’s knowledge and then plan learning opportunities to fill these gaps.
•We are now using termly standardised tests across Years 1 to 6. These tests mirror the KS2 tests which children sit at the end of Year 6 and give us a clear picture of levels of progress across classes, groups an individual children. They can also identify gaps to guide future teaching.
•Through the introduction of a non-teaching vice principal, further developments in the quality of teaching and learning through focussed lesson studies, coaching and peer observations have been achieved.
Finally, I am keen to work with a group of parents to explore our current curriculum provision and how it prepares children both academically and for their future lives beyond Flitch Green. This session will take place on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 2:00pm.
To be clear, this is not an opportunity to discuss individual issues or concerns, but to work alongside other parents, children, staff and governors to focus on our curriculum provision.
If you are interested in taking part, I’d like to invite you to express your interest by completing this short form. Numbers may be limited as I am keen to ensure that we have a wide spread of parents representing Reception to year 6.