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Ofsted and Performance Data

Post-Ofsted Frequently Asked Questions- November 2021

 

Following our recent inspection, we held sessions for families to explain our response and actions as a result of the report and to answer any queries. 

 

Here are some of the frequently asked questions. We look forward to working with you on our school improvement journey in the coming months and beyond. Everyone at Ash is committed to providing the very best for your child. 

 

How will you ensure the curriculum develops for all, taking into account the mixed age model in KS2? 

 

We are working hard to plan a connected and rolling curriculum to ensure all pupils have access to a rich learning experience in all subjects, no matter which class they are in. 

 

We will also access curriculum training and look at nationally accredited programmes to support this work. 

 

In particular we will be using research from the Education Endowment Foundation to guide us in our work in this area. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/

 

What support will be available for the school to deliver the improvements? 

 

Following our inspection, we will have additional support from the local authority. This will look like additional support from the Early Years team, and the school improvement team. 


We are also delighted to be working with a local National Leader of Education to support our work. 

 

We have support from the LA governance team, who are undertaking a review of our governing body to support this vital part of our team. 

 

If there are gaps in my child's learning, how will they be filled? 

 

We know the very best thing for all pupils during the ongoing pandemic is for all teachers and families to have a clear plan for strengths and next steps for every child. We also have the 'Catch-up premium' in school to support those pupils who require this. 

 

 

How will very able pupils be supported? 

 

Extending children's learning is the work of every teacher and where a pupil has exceptional strengths we will plan to support the pupil to develop mastery of this area and have access to experiences to support them. This could look like working with secondary school pupils, careers events and special projects. 

 

When will the school be able to confidently self-evaluate as 'Good'?

 

School improvements were already underway prior to the inspection, you will have heard already about the work on early reading that is happening. 

 

We will secure the most vital key improvements within 6 months in the curriculum and within 12-18 months we hope to have completed all the required actions and work required. 

 

How will we be informed about what progress looks like?

 

We will invite you to regular parents sessions to hear about the development of the curriculum. 

 

We will publish information on our website about each area of the curriculum we are working on. We will also share our School Improvement Plan with you. 

 

We will invite you to see learning in action and to get involved with learning in school. 

 

Key Stage two reading was mentioned in the report, are you planning to introduce a scheme or new system like Accelerated Reader to help with this?

 

We have decided to implement The Literacy Tree in our school. This programme provides support and resources for teachers based around diverse and interesting texts. https://literarycurriculum.co.uk/

 

We will be running sessions for parents in the Spring term, once we have had staff training on this. 

 

How will you know the changes are working? 

 

We have already bought into a new assessment system that enables us to track pupil 

progress across all subjects. 

Teachers already have knowledge of strengths and gaps and we can build on this. 

As a team we are working on pulling the curriculum, teaching and learning together to ensure success for all pupils. 

 

Will mixed-age teaching continue?

 

Yes, in our school this is likely due to the number of pupils. However, 75% of primary schools in Somerset have mixed-age teaching. There is always a broad range of attainment in every class. Teaching and learning must meet the needs of all learners.  

 

How will you support the teachers? 

 

Supporting teachers is the priority of every school leader, as the staff here are our greatest resource. 

We will look at workload, wellbeing and training and development, to ensure every teacher gets the support they need to do the very best for pupils. 

 

How will you address Behaviour for Learning?

 

We have introduced three simple rules to develop consistency across the school. We will be publishing these along with guidance for pupils and parents. We will also run sessions for parents on how to support your child at home. 

 

Our rules are: Be Safe, Be Kind, Try Your Best. 

 

We are looking for: Good sitting, good listening, brain boxes on.

 

 

Was COVID-19 taken into account? 

 

The framework for inspection has been in place since the Autumn of 2019 and is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-inspection-framework

 

The extent to which the inspection took outcomes and Covid impact into account is limited as they have to use the framework to inspect schools fairly. Ordinary Inspections resumed this year. 

Outcomes and progress information

Due to the recent pandemic, all statutory assessments in primary schools were cancelled. Schools will continue to publish their assessment data from the summer of 2019 until new assessment data is available.

 

 

 

Pupils meeting expected standard in reading, writing and maths

 

 SchoolLocal authority averageEngland average
Pupils meeting expected standard in reading, writing and maths88%61%65%

 

Pupils achieving at a higher standard in reading, writing and maths 

 

 SchoolLocal authority averageEngland average
Pupils achieving at a higher standard in reading, writing and maths20%9%11%

 

Average score in reading 

 

 SchoolLocal authority averageEngland average
Average score in reading110104104

 

 

Progress in reading

Progress scores are not directly comparable between years because of changes in the distribution of scores. However, a change in progress banding, for example from 'average' to 'above average', does indicate a change in performance. This measure was first recorded in 2016. 

 201720182019
School progress score -2.10.82.9
Confidence interval (-6 to 1.8)
Open help text for Reading progress score for Ash Church of England Primary School (2017)More score details
(-1.6 to 3.2)
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(0.4 to 5.4)
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Progress descriptionAverageAverageAbove average
Local authority state-funded schools-0.3-0.7-0.9
England state-funded schools0.00.00.0

 

Progress in writing

Progress scores are not directly comparable between years because of changes in the distribution of scores. However, a change in progress banding, for example from 'average' to 'above average', does indicate a change in performance. This measure was first recorded in 2016. 

 201720182019
School progress score 2.110.6
Confidence interval (-1.5 to 5.7)
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(-1.3 to 3.3)
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(-1.6 to 2.9)
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Progress descriptionAverageAverageAverage
Local authority state-funded schools-0.4-0.5-0.3
England state-funded schools0.00.00.0

 

Progress in maths

Progress scores are not directly comparable between years because of changes in the distribution of scores. However, a change in progress banding, for example from 'average' to 'above average', does indicate a change in performance. This measure was first recorded in 2016. 

 201720182019
School progress score 31.71
Confidence interval (-0.3 to 6.3)
Open help text for Maths progress score for Ash Church of England Primary School (2017)More score details
(-0.5 to 3.9)
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(-1.2 to 3.1)
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Progress descriptionAverageAverageAverage
Local authority state-funded schools-1.2-1.2-1.4
England state-funded schools0.00.00.0

 

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