Children are assessed across the country at three times during their time in KS1 and KS2. In Year 1 all children take the Phonics Check which is designed to see how successful they have been at learning the key sounds upon which reading is built.
At the end of KS1 children all take Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) in Reading and Maths. These give an indication of how children are getting on with their learning compared to other children nationally. Most children will be working at Age Related Expectation (ARE) which means within the average band for their age. Some children will be working higher than this level and some below. The children are also assessed by their teacher against national criteria in Writing.
In Y6 children take SATs in Reading and Maths along with a test of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Again, most children will be working at ARE with some above and some below. Teachers assess the children in writing against strict national criteria.
Attainment alone is only one way of judging what children achieve. Starting points can be very different and so for some children it is important to measure progress. For other children it is helpful to know how close they might have been to the ARE. Knowing that they are only one or two marks away from ARE is more encouraging than feeling that they are below ARE. For this reason we also provide progress scores and a summary of standardised scores for the school.
When Ofsted inspected the school in 2015 they confirmed our view that phonics was an area for improvement. They acknowledged that we had changed our approach but it was too early in the school year for this to have had significant impact. The table below shows how our performance in the phonics check has gone from below the national average in 2015 to significantly above the national average in 2016 and 2017.
KS1 SATs 2017
Our performance in the KS1 SATS has been rising steadily and in 2017 our pupils achieved at a level which was significantly higher than nationally with a high proportion of pupils exceeding the expected level.
KS2 SATs 2017
In recent years we have had a few cohorts pass through the school with a higher than usual proportion of lower ability learners. As a result of this we have achieved below the national average in 2016 and 2017 when the ARE was introduced to replace the old system of levels. We are pleased that our levels of attainment rose in 2017 and are confident that this will continue in 2018 when we anticipate that our performance will be at least in line with the national average.
We were pleased to see that our number of children achieving ARE in all three subjects (Reading, Writing and Maths) rose significantly in 2017. We are further pleased to see that the number achieving above the ARE is above the national average.
In 2017 the number of children reaching ARE has improved in RWM and dropped only slightly in SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). In Maths our rate of improvement is double the national average.
Our forecasts for 2018 onwards suggest that we will reach and exceed levels above those nationally.
Average Scaled Scores
Another way of comparing the results of this school against others is to look at the average scaled score. To achieve ARE a child needs to score 100. Higher than this is above ARE and lower than this means the child has not yet achieved ARE. The following tables show our average scaled scores in 2016 and 2017.
Scaled Score Distribution
It is useful to look at the distribution of scaled scores. This way we can reflect upon how many children were working just below ARE. In our case many of these children only just achieved a Level 2c in the old-style KS1 tests. The new tests raised the bar significantly and it is very challenging for many of these children to reach ARE.
We can also reflect on whether all higher achieving pupils in the KS1 SATs reached above ARE in Y6.
Average Progress Scores
The progress score is a measure of how children have progressed from their KS1 assessment to their Y6 level. It is important to remember that we are not yet comparing like with like and that children in 2016 and 2017 were assessed using levels at KS1 but judged against the ARE at KS2. We were delighted to see big improvements in our progress scores for Writing and Maths in 2017.
Following the link below you will find details of our performance in national tests.