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.
Martins Wood has performed to a consistently high standard in the national phonics check which takes place in Year 1 each summer. Since 2016 we have exceeded the national and local average for the number of children passing the standard required.The attached table shows our performance over the last four years.
Our performance in the KS1 SATS has been rising steadily. Over the last few years the number of pupils achieving the expected standard or higher was above the national average in all subjects. The number of pupils achieving a higher level (greater depth) is significantly higher than nationally in all subjects.
Over recent years we have had a few cohorts pass through the school with a higher than usual proportion of lower ability learners and SEND. As a result of this we have achieved a level within the national average range for Y6 SATs results in Reading, Maths and SPAG and slightly below in Writing.
Headlines from our data;
Our forecasts show that for 2018 onwards we will reach levels that are at least in line with those nationally and begin to have an increasing number of children exceeding the age related expectation. 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.