End of Key Stage 2 Attainment Progress

2016 saw the introduction of new tests at Key Stage 2. These were significantly more challenging than previous years and tested the new primary curriculum which was introduced in September 2014. Consequently, the children were tested against end of Key Stage expectations despite only being taught the new curriculum for 2 years. Comparisons with previous years are unreliable. Key results are as follows;-

52% of children met the expected standard in reading compared to 66% nationally.

48.3% of children met the expected standard in writing compared to 74% nationally.

62.1% of children met the expected standard in maths compared to 70% nationally.

66% of children met the expected standard in grammar and spelling compared to 72% nationally.

38% of children met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths compared to 53% nationally.

The percentage of children judged to be working at greater depth/at the higher standard in reading is 17.2% [National 19%]; in writing is 3.4% [National 15%]; in maths is 3.4% [National 17%].

The progress score for reading was -2.6, for maths -3.1 and for writing -5.3.

The national average scaled score for reading was 102.6. In 2016, Blackshaw Lane achieved a score of 101.1. In maths, the national figure was 103.0 and Blackshaw Lane achieved a score of 101.1.

Considerable care should be used when interpreting the writing results. Recent guidance issued to inspectors states, “It may be that there is variability between schools in how they have interpreted the demand of the interim framework in this first year of its use. It may also be that there is variability in the way that local authorities (LA) have interpreted this demand when moderating against the interim framework for the first time.”

https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/105652

Although these results are out of character with previous years data the schools development plan has fully taken in to account the lessons learned from the 2015-16 method of testing children at the end of Key Stage 2 with many actions and developments in place to address this.