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Following the introduction of the New National Curriculum in September 2014, the Government made a major change to the way that children in schools are assessed. The system of using levels ended and instead pupils' are assessed Age Related Expectations (ARE). 

At the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2), Year 6 pupils sit statutory Assessment tests (SATs) for reading, mathematics and GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling). Test results are converted into ‘scaled scores’ with a score of 100 being the expected standard. Any score below 100 means the pupil is working 'towards the expected standard,' and any score above 100 means the pupil is working 'at or above the expected standard'.

In 2016, the first year of the new assessments, results nationally were substantially lower than the previous year's results under the old system of levels. In July 2017 we were delighted that our Year 6 results showed a significant increase over the previous year. 

The table below shows both the percentage of Year 6 pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, and those attaining a higher level compared to 2016 and National results for 2017.

 

Pupils Achieving

Expected Standard

Higher Standard

of Attainment

Average Scaled Score

 

 Reading


91% (61%, 71%)

 

36% (22%, 25%)

 

107 (102, 104)

 

 Writing

 

73% (11%, 76%)

 

9% (0%, 18%)

 

Teacher Assessment

 

 Mathematics

 

 82% (44%, 75%)

 

 27% (11%, 23%)

 

104 (99, 104)

 

Reading, Writing & Maths Combined


73% (11%, 61%)

0% (0%, 9%)

NA.

The average progress scores in 2017, compared to 2016, were;

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

+2.3 (1.1) -1.2 (-10.3) -0.2 (-1.8)

At St. Peter’s, only 11 pupils sat the end of year Key Stage 2 assessments in 2017 which means that each individual child equated to 9% of the total. In a large three form entry Primary school each child would equate to approximately only 1%. 

It is common knowledge that school performance table rankings are only a snap shot of a school’s work and at St. Peter’s we very much believe in teaching the whole child. Year on year results can be significantly distorted by the results of a few students in small schools such as ours and studies have shown that small schools are much more likely to report large changes in results from one year to the next, both positive and negative. That said, we must not underestimate the hard work of both the staff and the children, we are incredibly proud of you all.

We are equally proud of our other results from across the school that have been reported to WSCC recently. In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 71% achieved a ‘Good Level of Development’ this year. In phonics, 65% of Year 1 pupils and 83% of those reassessed in Year 2 met the expected standard. In their Key Stage 1 Statutory Assessments, 80% of Year 2 met the expected standard in Reading, 70% in Writing and 65% in Mathematics.

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