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CYP 07.12.18 - School Attainment

Meeting: 07/12/2018 - Scrutiny Advisory Board - Children and Young People (Item 29)

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To consider a report from Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive)


(Presentation to Follow).



The Board had before them a report from Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) about pupil outcomes for all Key Stages for Cumbria in 2018, together with an update on Ofsted School Inspection outcomes.


The Assistant Director - Education & Skills talked members through the presentation, which explained that following the disappointing 2016 pupil outcomes for Cumbria in all key stages, the CASL plan was revised and action plans implemented to ensure a much greater focus on pupil achievement.


This focus had a positive impact on pupil achievement in 2017, with recognition across the CASL partnership that improvements needed to be sustained throughout the three year period of the CASL plan.


This ambition was reaffirmed to all partners in autumn 2017, and revised action plans implemented, driven through the Learning Improvement Service (LIS), CASL priority groups and the three Local Alliances.


During the academic year 2017-2018, there were a total of 86 Ofsted inspections in Cumbria.  Overall, judgements matched system predictions, with exceptions mainly due to relationships and culture within schools, rather than pupil achievement or the quality of provision.


Pupil achievement had shown strong progress in the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. There had also been positive improvements in SEND outcomes in all phases. Despite some individual school and provider improvements at GCSE and Post 16, overall 2018 performance in these phases had been static in comparison to national figures.


·         Early Years


In Early Years, Foundation Stage Profile headline results show that the proportion achieving a ‘good level of development’ has continued to increase in 2018, from 65% to 70.1% in Cumbria.  Nationally, the proportion achieving the benchmark has increased from 70.7% to 71.5%.


Cumbria had increased at a faster rate than the national and has narrowed the gap for the third consecutive year, reversing a widening gap trend.  The CASL plan target for year three was to achieve outcomes in line with or better than the national in 2019.


·        Key Stage 1


In Phonics, 81.9% of pupils achieved the standard, compared with 82.5% nationally. This represents a three year upward trend, with a difference of 0.6% in 2018 compared with 2.2% in 2017 and 3.3% in 2016.


Cumbria was still slightly below the national for reading, writing and mathematics combined and for mathematics as a stand-alone subject. 


The disadvantaged gap in Key Stage 1 between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils nationally had reduced in 2018, but was still higher in all areas than the national gap.


·        Key Stage 2 


In KS2 64.4% achieved the expected standard Reading, Writing, Mathematics (RWM) combined - (National  64.1%) - a substantial improvement of 3.9% compared to a 3% national increase.


Reading results (77.5%) exceeded national (75.0%). Writing results improved substantially and now exceed the national by 2.1%. Cumbria’s results increased by 3.1% (to 80.3%), compared with a national increase of just 1.8%.


Maths results matched N (75.3%) after being slightly below last year. Results increased by 1.7% compared with just a 0.4% increase nationally.


In KS2, The performance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29