Curriculum, Assessment and Inclusion

Our curriculum is wide, varied, relevant and exciting. We aim to hold the interest of all our children so as to develop a love of school and of learning.

Curriculum Subjects
Any attempt to raise standards in our schools must be focused on learning in the classroom and the wider environment. Continued and sustained improvement is dependent upon improving the quality of teaching and learning that is taking place on a daily basis.

Content-LongCURRICULUM

At Gainsborough the expectation is that all pupils are provided with high quality learning experiences that lead to consistently high levels of pupil achievement. By adopting a whole school approach to teaching and learning across our partnership, we aim:

  • to provide consistency of teaching and learning across all our schools.
  • to enable teachers to teach as effectively as possible.
  • to enable children to learn as efficiently as possible.
  • to give children the skills they require to become effective lifelong learners.
  • to provide an inclusive education for all children.
  • to learn from each other, through the adoption of a collaborative, enquiry based approach to teaching and learning, where good practice is shared.

Curriculum-15-16

Assessment
SATs is the acronym for Statutory Assessment Tests. In Key Stage 2, these tests are taken by all Year 6 pupils in May each year, although optional tests are often used across the school to give teachers a clearer view of children’s progress at different stages of the year.

The Key Stage 1 SATs are taken in Year 2. These tests are not administered on a set date each year; these usually take place at some point during the months of May or June.

Why are the SATs important?
The Year 6 SATs are mainly used by the school to check on progress. However, they are also used to assess the child’s attainment before they move onto secondary school where they are sometimes used by the school’s to determine which sets they will enter in year 7. So, these are not something to take lightly.

What do the SATs involve?
2014 saw a complete overhaul on the old curriculum which many teachers had become familiar and comfortable with. The government introduced a new curriculum which will see our current year 6′s (May 2016) sitting the first SATs test which are based on the new standards set by the new curriculum. These tests will be marked by external examiners and the results will be used to measure our school’s performance. These results are reported to Ofsted and are used in the published league tables which are readily available for all to see.

The Year 6 SATs consist of the following items:

  • English: Reading (comprehension) paper (1 hour)
  • English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling paper (45 minutes + 15 minutes spelling test)
  • Mathematics 1: arithmetic (30 minutes)
  • Mathematics 2 and 3: reasoning (40 minutes each)

Some, not all, schools have been selected to take part in Science Sampling tests. These consist of:

  • Biology (25 minute, 22 mark paper)
  • Chemistry (25 minute, 22 mark paper)
  • Physics (25 minute, 22 mark paper)

Data & Results

EYFS
The table below shows our school’s three year trends in comparison to both local and national averages.

 

% of Pupils with a Good Level of development

(6+ points in PSED and CLL, 78+ total)

% of Pupils in the bottom 20%

2013

2014

2015

2013

2014

2015

Gainsborough  

68

67

     
Hackney    

73

     
National Average    

66

     

Key Stage 1 SATs
The table below compares our school?s three year trends against the national averages of pupils that achieved a Level 2 or above in their Key Stage 1 SATs.

 

2013

2014

2015

Reading  

79

93

National Average      
Writing  

75

99

National Average      
Maths  

87

97

National Average      

Key Stage 2 SATs
The table below compares or school?s three year trends against the national averages of pupils that achieved a Level 4 or above in their Key Stage 2 SATs.

 

2013

2014

2015

Reading 67

83

98

National Average 86 89 89
Writing 77

85

88

National Average 83

85

87

Maths 84

83

98

National Average

85

86

87

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

58

64

74

National Average 74 76 80
RWM Combined

63

78

86

National Average 75 78 80

Inclusion
At Gainsborough school we welcome and value all children equally irrespective of special educational need or disability. We are committed to providing equal access, for all children, to a broad and balanced social and academic curriculum, including the new National Curriculum, and to the life of the school. It is our aim, therefore, that any pupil with a special educational need has that need addressed as quickly as possible, and to enable pupils with SEN to maximise their attainment and progress. We will only be able to achieve this with the full and active involvement of all staff, parents and children.

Visit: Single Improvement Plan 2015-16

Visit: SEND Policy