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How Are We Performing?

We have been incredibly proud of the academic attainment and progress of all our children here at Dalestorth.  For the last eight years and more Pupil Progress and Attainment at our school has been superb.  Since 2006, we have always been well above National Expectations, Nottinghamshire and Ashfield in expected attainment at the end of Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and we have maintained a high level of performance.  A lot of hard work by all members of the school community ensures that children at Dalestorth do the best that they can and achieve well not only in the National Assessment points of their education, but every day, week, month and year.

Here at Dalestorth we are clear about what the children need to learn, we plan carefully ensuring learning is wrapped up in exciting, engaging lessons with a relevant context.  We ensure there is a good balance between acquiring knowledge and facts and skills that are transferable to other life situations.  Finding the correct pitch, level of difficulty that has just the right amount of challenge, careful scaffolding and modelling in lessons is very important to all of us to ensure all our groups of learners make progress.  We make clear to the children how they are doing, what they can do well, what they need to do next and how to get there!

A strength of the school is how well we all know all the children and everyone is kept a very close eye on.  This ensures gaps are less likely to appear in either groups of children or individuals.  Anyone that is in danger of slipping behind is picked up incredibly quickly and our success rate of 'catch-up' and interventions is excellent.

Our children rise to the challenge of high expectations.  They are enthusiastic to learning, take a pride in their work and want to do their best.

 

Below is an outline of our latest performance (2016) at National Key milestones.  This has brought about different results for us and lots of change but we are ready for the new challenges ahead.

 

End of Foundation Stage 2016

 

Achieving a Good Level of  Development

Our School - Dalestorth

 Nottinghamshire 

National

 

80%

67.1%

69.0% based on 2015 data

Foundation Stage 2 Comments

We have had a good look at how we have performed in the different Early Learning goals that make up a 'Good Level of Development'

We are higher than Notts for % of children achieving expected or exceeded outcomes. We are above Notts and last year’s National scores in every area for expected and exceeded in the Early Learning Goals apart from ‘Understanding’ in Communication & Language and we are not quite as high as National for 'Moving & Handling'.

In terms of exceeding – We have less children than Notts/LA exceeding in the following areas: Shapes space & measures, people and communities, the world, technology, exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative so we will be working on those areas also.

 

In analysing how special groups of children perform, it is our aim to ensure that children who are disadvantaged or are on Free School Meals do as well as our children who aren't.

We will also be making sure that our Special Needs children have as much support as possible to make as much progress as children without Special Needs and our final area of work is to make sure our children with summer birthdays perform as well as our children with autumn birthdays.

 

Year 1 Phonics Screening 2016

 

 

Percentage

National

77%

Nottinghamshire

74%

Dalestorth Primary School

91.1%

Phonics Comments

An amazing score with a further improvement on last year. ( Increase of 2.2%)

All we need to do is continue to support more disadvantaged and Special Needs Children to pass the screening.  This is a brilliant result and we get better every year.  In addition for the last 2 years, children that have not passed the screening in Year 1 have passed it in year 2.

End of Key Stage 1 2016

 

 

Working Towards Expected Levels

Working at Expected Levels

Working at Greater

Depth inclusive of Expected Levels

Reading:

 

 

 

National Average

-

74%

24%

Notts

28.2%

71.8%

22.4%

Dalestorth Primary School

10.3%

85.7%

38%

Writing:

 

National Average

-

65%

13%

Notts

35.9%

64.1%

13.1%

Dalestorth Primary School

24.1%

75.9.%

27.6%

Mathematics:

 

National Average

-

73%

18%

Notts

29%

71%

17.2%

Dalestorth Primary School

17.2%

82.8%

31%

Reading, Writing & Mathematics Combined- National Average

 

 

 

National Average

 TBC

 TBC

 TBC

Notts

41.8%

58.2%

8.65

Dalestorth Primary School

31%

69%

20.7%

 

KS1 Performance Comments

For all pupils, all our outcomes at KS1 in every subject at 'Expected Levels' were above Notts. Our scores were also above our district of Ashfield and higher than any other district, performing in line with Rushcliffe, the highest performing district in Notts.

You will see from above that Writing is our weakest area and we will be doing lots of work this year to improve this.

In terms of Working at 'Greater Depth' our boys did not do as well as Notts in Reading and Writing so we will be working on that.

We also need to make sure our pupils on FSM perform as well as our children that are not on FSM and that our children with Special needs perform as well as our children without Special Needs.

Every year we analyse our Data Performance very carefully and try to address any gaps or improvements we need to make.

Every child at Dalestorth Primary matters to us and we do everything to ensure they can do their best and achieve the very best of outcomes.

End of Key Stage 2  2016

 

Working Towards Expected Levels

Working at Expected Levels

Working at  Greater Depth inclusive of Expected Levels

 Grammar Spelling & Punctuation

 

National Average

28%

72%

23%

Notts

27.7%

72.3%

TBC

Dalestorth Primary School

6.7%

93.3%

30%

Writing

 

 

 

National Average

26%

74%

15%

Notts

25.3%

74.7%

TBC

Dalestorth Primary School

37%

63%

0%

Reading

 

 

 

National Average

34%

66%

19%

Notts

35.5%

64.5%

TBC

Dalestorth Primary School

33.3%

66.7%

17%

Maths

 

 

 

National Average

30%

70%

17%

Notts

29%

71%

TBC

Dalestorth Primary School

30%

70%

17%

Combined – Reading/Writing/ Maths

 

 

 

National Average

47%

53%

National Floor Target 65%

5%

Notts

46.7%

53.3%

TBC

Dalestorth Primary School

43.3%

56.7%

0% because no one achieved Greater Depth in Writing so despite the fact that children achieved Greater Depth in other areas, Greater Depth overall cannot be awarded.

Key Stage 2 Comments

  • For all pupils, our outcomes above or line with Notts and National except for writing.
  • The highest performing district in Notts is Rushcliffe.
  • Our score in grammar punctuation and spelling was above all districts in Notts.
  • Reading score was above all districts except Rushcliffe
  • Maths score  was above all districts except Rushcliffe and Broxtowe.
  • Overall in reading, writing and maths we were above all districts except Rushcliffe.
  • It is only in writing we are below and there are many reasons for this which as a school we are working to improve.
  • Taking into account our district of Ashfield, we do better than other schools in Ashfield and pretty much every other district in Nottinghamshire except Rushcliffe.
  • We cannot yet compare Greater Depth percentages with Notts & National as they have not yet been released.
  • Special Groups
  • There are hardly any difference between the performance of our boys and girls.  The biggest gap was in reading.  All our boys scores were higher than Notts except Maths for boys and Writing for both.
  • Our Disadvantaged children actually perform better than our Non-Disadvantaged children thanks to the provision we have put in place for them. This is an excellent result.
  • We now need to put in as much provision as we can to help our Special Needs children.  They make progress, but we need to try and get them to reach the 'Expected Standard' which is extremely difficult.

Expected Outcomes - End of KS2

At the end of Primary School it is now expected that children should reach the 'Expected Levels' in Grammar Punctuation and Spelling, Writing, Reading and Maths.

Children have to reach the expected Level in all of these subjects to be awarded the 'Expected Level.' 

Working at 'Greater Depth' is the same.  A child has to be 'Working at Greater Depth' in all of the subjects to be awarded 'Greater Depth' which is why you will see from our results this year that we have no children working at 'Greater Depth' overall as they may have achieved this in Maths, Reading and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling, but they did not achieve the 'Greater Depth' standard in writing.

 

The aim for Primary Schools is to get 65% of children working at the 'Expected Level' in Reading, Writing, Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling and Maths.  This year, this has been incredibly tough.  As you will see we nearly got there but the majority of schools in Nottinghamshire and Nationally did not.  This is due to the new and more difficult tests and the introduction of a new and more difficult curriculum in 2014.  It is going to take a bit more time to get there.

 

Expected Progress - KS1 to KS2

 

Calculating progress from KS1 to KS2 at the moment is difficult as the government are comparing performance on the old curriculum with performance on the new curriculum.  We are therefore comparing how our Year 6 children performed when they were Year 2 on the old test with how they have performed now on this new test. The DFE and Standards & Testing Agency have come up with a complicated formula to put these 2 scores together and calculate a progress score based on the children's Average Point Score from KS1.

 

The Average Points Score for this year's Year 6 children at KS1 was 16.8, above the Notts APS of 15.7.  There were more pupils in the middle attaining and higher attaining group than Notts and fewer in the lower attaining group.

 

How did we get on?

A progress score of 0 means school is doing in line with National

A positive score means doing better than National

A negative score means doing worse than National

 

This year we  got scores of -1.6 in reading, -1.1 in maths and -4.3 in writing.  This looks like we are performing much worse than National.  However,  the progress thresholds to meet the floor standard  this year are...

"A school has to be better than : -5 in Reading, -5 in Maths and -7 in Writing" so we have met the progress target.  This is because school's are catching the old curriculum up with the new.  Just like with the 'Expected Outcomes' it has been difficult this year to meet the National Target. There are lots of schools with similar progress scores to ours and worse.  It will just take time to close the gaps.

 

Frequently Asked Question: Dalestorth primary has always performed way above National in the last 8-10 years at all Key Stages and had brilliant Progress Measures from KS1 - KS2.  Why are the scores much lower this year.  Will it get better?

 

Answer: There are many reasons that attributed to the lower Outcome and Progress result, but I can assure you no member of staff nor child could have worked any harder.  We will be addressing all the many issues that contributed to lower outcomes and progress that we have been used to, but it has to be remembered we are now in a different regime and these cannot be compared.  We simply have to get better at the new regime and I am absolutely without doubt that we will.

 

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