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Agenda Item No. 8

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

LEARNING AND CULTURE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 17 OCTOBER 2016

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 3 OCTOBER 2016

 

C3317        SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORT 2015 – 2016: FOUNDATION PHASE AND KEY STAGES 2 – 5 (RE) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LEARNING AND CULTURE) –

 

The Council's ambition was that educational outcomes in the Vale of Glamorgan were the best in Wales and matched those of the most successful authorities in England with similar socio economic profiles.  The Council also sought to ensure that all school performance was benchmarked in the high or highest benchmarking positions.

 

Statutory end of Key Stage Teacher Assessment (TA) was administered at the end of the Foundation Phase, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, when pupils were aged 7, 11 and 14 years old respectively.

 

The National minimum expectations for pupils at the end of the Foundation Phase and Key Stages 2 and 3 were as follows: Outcome 5 at the end of the Foundation Phase, Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 and Level 5 at the end of Key Stage 3.

 

Additionally, expectations for our more able pupils at the end of each phase were as follows: Outcome 6 or above at the end of the Foundation Phase, Level 5 or above at the end of Key Stage 2 and Levels 6 and 7 at the end of Key Stage 3.

 

In general, the Vale of Glamorgan was advantaged in terms of socio-economic deprivation.  The proportion of pupils entitled to receive free school meals (FSM) was used as a proxy indicator of socio-economic deprivation.  In 2015-16, the Vale ranked 5th lowest overall for the proportion of pupils entitled to receive free school meals (4th lowest at primary level and 6th lowest at secondary level).  These findings indicated that the aggregated performance of Vale of Glamorgan schools should be significantly higher than for Wales as a whole and always rank in the five highest performing Local Authorities (LAs), as a minimum expectation.

 

When considering LA performance, the key indicators for consideration were as follows:

 

•           Local Authority (LA) performance compared with the all Wales means and the LA performance compared to the top five highest performing LAs in Wales;

•           LA performance trends over time, when compared with the all Wales means and prior performance;

•           the relative gap in performance between LA means and the all Wales means;

•           the spot rank position of the performance of the local Authority when compared with LAs across Wales; should, as a minimum, be within the top five highest performing LAs in Wales;

•           for each indicator in each phase, the proportion of schools performing in the high or highest benchmarking positions when compared with similar schools and ranked against  LAs across Wales.

 

For benchmarking purposes a school could be located in the top two quarters, i.e. the high or highest benchmarking position in the group or in the lower to lowest two quarters. Relative performance of similar schools was then described as being either above or below the median i.e. either in the top 50%, or in the bottom 50%, of similar schools.

 

Appendix 1 attached to the report outlined progress against targets at Foundation Phase and key stages 2-5, the report also highlighted those Schools that were causing concern and outlined the use of powers of intervention:

 

After this item was presented, the Interim Director of Learning and Skills noted that St Richard Gwyn was sent a formal warning notice in September 2015 and due to strong performance improvements this year, the formal warning would be removed.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein 

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T pupil attainment and school performance outcomes, based in the case of GCSE and A level examinations on provisional data, be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T it be noted that in accordance with the School Standards and Organisation Act (2013), a formal warning notice was issued in 2015 and extended during the academic year to Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School and that the statutory intervention at Barry Comprehensive School had also been extended to include the appointment of two additional governors.

 

(3)       T H A T it be noted that St Richard Gwyn was removed from a formal warning process due to its strong performance improvement.

 

(4)       T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee Learning and Culture for consideration and that the Committee be invited to reconvene an individual school progress panel meeting at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To note the attainment of pupils and the performance of schools in 2015/16.

 

(2)       To note that the full powers available to the authority were being used to improve schools that are underperforming, in accordance with the School Standards and Organisation Act (2013).

 

(3)       To note the strong performance improvements from St Richard Gwyn.

 

(4)       In order that Scrutiny Committee Learning and Culture can review educational outcomes for Vale schools and, in relation to the named school, to review the progress that the school is making.

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 3 OCTOBER 2016

 

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