Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning]: 12th September 2011


Report of the Director of Learning and Development


School Performance Data for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3


Purpose of the Report

1.             To update Members on School Performance.


1.             That Members note school performance.

2.             That Members identify any issues which they would wish to explore in more detail.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ensure Members are aware of the performance of our schools.

2.             To provide update reports on any issues raised.


2.             Statutory Teacher Assessment (TA) is administered at the end of Key Stages (KS) 1, 2 and 3 when pupils are aged 7, 11 and 14 years old respectively.

3.             National minimum expectations for pupils at the end of KS1, 2 and 3 are levels 2, 4 and 5 respectively, with more able pupils expected to achieve at level 3, 5 and 6 respectively.

4.             Performance data for the more able pupils will not be available until November 2011.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             Data Table for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 Performance (Appendix 1)

6.             School Performance for KS 1 Graphical illustration (Appendix 2)

7.             School Performance for KS 2 Graphical illustration (Appendix 3)

8.             School Performance for KS 3 Graphical illustration (Appendix 4)

9.             Targets for KS 1, 2 and 3 (Appendix 5).

10.           School performance at all Key Stages remains higher than National averages.

11.          Notable increases in performance are observed in Key Stage 3 for all indicators.

12.          School performance in KS 1 has broadly flat lined with slight increases and decreases observed for all indicators, except for Welsh which has decreased.

13.          School performance in KS 2 has decreased overall and now broadly equates to that of National averages except for Welsh, which has seen a significant decrease this year.

14.           The need to improve standards in English (particularly writing) and Maths (particularly number) has been recognised and areas for development included in Service Plans.

15.           Actions to improve Welsh have also been identified and included in Service Planning.

16.           Individual school performance data has been scrutinised and schools have been identified for support and intervention accordingly.

17.           Identified schools will be supported and challenged through the targeted support programme as well as through the monitoring and challenge function of the Advisory Service.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

18.           Met within existing resources.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

19.           End of Key Stage Assessment is a statutory obligation.

Crime and Disorder Implications

20.         There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

21.           There are no equal opportunity implications.

Corporate/Service Objectives

22.          Improving outcomes and wellbeing for all learners.

Policy Framework and Budget

23.          The recommendations in this report are within the existing policy framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

24.         Not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

25.        Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers


Contact Officer

Lynette Jones, Head of School Improvement.

Officers Consulted

Jane McCarthy, Literacy Adviser

Meryl Plummer, Foundation Phase Strategy Team Leader.

Responsible Officer:

Bryan Jeffreys, Director of Learning and Development