Attainment: expected standard
In 2016, the government changed the way that children are assessed. When looking at the data for 2016 and 2017, it’s important to bear in mind the advice from the Department for Education: don’t compare results with previous years.
In 2017, 80% of our pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths, combined. This is considerably higher than last year’s figure for the school: 65%. It’s also higher than the 2017 national figure of 61%. In fact, FFT Aspire, a DfE-accredited supplier and the UK’s leading education data analysis tool, regards the figure of 80% as ‘significantly above the national average’.
The proportions reaching national expectations for each subject, and for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, are all above the national figures:
- Reading: 83% meeting expected standards (national: 71%)
- Writing: 87% meeting expected standards (national: 76%)
- Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: 93% meeting expected standards (national: 77%)
- Maths: 93% meeting expected standards (national: 75%)
Another measure used to analyse the assessment data is average scaled scores. ‘Scaled scores’ are the scores given to each pupil based on the test score, where 100 is the expected national standard (80 is the lowest possible, 120 is the highest). Again, Moortown Primary pupils faired better for each subject than the national average:
- Reading: 108 is the average scaled score (national: 104)
- Writing: 104 is the average scaled score (national: 101)
- Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: 113 is the average scaled score (national: 106)
- Maths: 109 is the average scaled score (national: 104)
Attainment: higher level
We continue to offer challenge to all children, including higher attaining pupils. Scaled scores of over 110 are considered ‘high scores’. Proportions reaching higher levels are substantially higher than national figures in Reading, in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, and in Maths. When we look at Reading, Writing and Maths combined, proportions are also significantly higher: 23% (national: 9%).
- Reading: 47% meeting the higher level (national: 25%)
- Writing: 27% meeting the higher level (national: 18%)
- Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: 67% meeting the higher level (national: 31%)
- Maths: 53% meeting the higher level (national: 23%)
The Department for Education measures progress from Key Stage 1 (KS1) to Key Stage 2 (KS2). Expected progress is zero, with anything above that being better than expected and negative numbers showing less than expected progress.
- +1.6 average progress in Reading
- +0.1 average progress in Writing
- +3.8 average progress in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
- +2.5 average progress in Maths
We’re really pleased to have secured positive progress in all the subjects, especially in Reading and Maths – there has been a lot of professional development in these areas.