Question Level Analysis and the draft Ofsted Inspection Framework

How does a Question Level Analysis fit with the draft Ofsted Inspection Framework, which will be in use from September 2019 onwards? Draft Ofsted Inspection Handbook The draft Ofsted Inspection Handbook says that: 170. When used effectively, assessment helps pupils to embed knowledge and use it fluently, and assists teachers in producing clear next steps for pupils. …171. Inspectors will therefore evaluate how assessment is used in the school to support the teaching of the curriculum… So therefore, whatever assessment you use has to start with taking an overall view (for example, how many pupils passed or nearly passed), but also at the important topic strands, seeing how the school is doing, and “producing clear next steps for pupils”. Were there questions that your pupils didn’t attempt? Was this significantly higher than the national average? Was this due to deficiencies in exam technique, or does this illustrate gaps in pupils’ knowledge? 172. …The report of the Teacher Workload Advisory Group, ‘Making data work’, recommends that school leaders should...
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Ofsted Inspections – Good Schools – Disadvantaged Pupils

This series of articles is about Ofsted inspectors' comments about "good" schools. This article looks at the role of disadvantaged pupils. Disadvantaged pupils are defined as: Pupils who have been eligible for Free Schools Meals (FSM) at any point over the last 6 years,Pupils who have been looked after continuously for at least one day in the last year, andPupils who have left care through a formal route such as adoption. In its School Inspection Handbook, Ofsted states that: Inspectors will take particular account of the progress made by disadvantaged pupils from their starting points...compared with that made nationally by other pupils with similar starting points. ...For current pupils, inspectors will consider the impact of what a school is doing to reduce any differences in progress and attainment between disadvantaged and other pupils with the same starting points. ...Inspectors should talk to leaders about the quality of teaching, behaviour and the design and delivery of the curriculum to examine why there may be underperformance...
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Ofsted inspections – Good schools – most able pupils

In this series of articles about "good" schools (according to the Ofsted), we'll be looking at Ofsted inspectors' comments regarding high prior attaining pupils. School Inspection Handbook Paragraph 195 of the most recent Ofsted School Inspection Handbook (September 2018) includes: Inspectors will pay particular attention to whether the most able pupils are making progress towards attaining the highest standards and achieving as well as they should across the curriculum. They will also consider whether the most able pupils are receiving the support they need to reach their full potential. However, as we have previously seen (Greater Depth/High Score Standards), Ofsted's comments regarding the higher standard inclined towards schools being below the National Average. So what do the same inspectors say about the most able pupils. Achieving results Away from the attainment statistics, Ofsted inspectors are more appreciative of the ability of high prior attainers and, when matched up with appropriate expectations, they achieving the results expected for them: The most able pupils are typically able to...
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How does the DfE and Ofsted measure Progress at Key Stage 1?

Why should KS1 progress be measured at all? Paragraphs 185 and 187 of Ofsted's School Inspection Handbook, which is the manual for Ofsted inspectors, include the following: 185. Inspectors will take account of current standards and progress, including the school’s own performance information, and make a relevant judgement on academic and other learning outcomes for pupils by evaluating the extent to which all pupils:•progress well from their different starting points and achieve or exceed standards expected for their age nationally (at the end of a key stage), or within the school’s own curriculum...187. In judging achievement, inspectors will give most weight to pupils’ progress. They will take account of pupils’ starting points in terms of their prior attainment and age when evaluating progress. Within this, they will give most weight to the progress of pupils currently in the school, taking account of how this compares with the progress of recent cohorts, where there are any. Inspectors will consider the progress of...
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Ofsted Inspections – Good schools – Key Stage 2 Greater Depth/High Score standard

In this series of blog articles, we'll be looking at "good" schools, according to Ofsted. In this article, we'll examine how much weight the Higher Standard has in achieving a "good" rating. Perhaps surprising, there were more indications of "good" schools not reaching the national averages than doing so. Generally, the percentage of pupils reaching the higher standard is around the National Average: ...with good proportions of pupils reaching the higher standards. The proportion of pupils achieving the higher standard was broadly average for writing and mathematics, and above average for reading compared to national results. ...while the proportion reaching the higher standard was above that level. The proportions of pupils achieving and exceeding the expected standards have shown a rising trend in recent years, and exceed national averages. Ofsted can still give a school a "good" rating, even if attainment is below average. The proportions attaining the higher standard in reading and mathematics were below average....not enough pupils reach the higher standard....
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Reception Baseline Assessment Pilot announced

News Story - 27 February 2019 The national pilot of the reception baseline assessment will take place from September 2019, go live in 2020, will take around 20 minutes, and will have the following 8 indicators: mathematics tasks (45%-55%)early number early calculation (early addition/subtraction) mathematical language early understanding of shape early literacy, communication and language tasks (45%-55%)early vocabulary phonological awareness early reading early comprehension The response formats include: oral response (30–40%)pointing (25–35%)ordering or moving objects (25–35%) Schools can sign up to the pilot between 1 March and 5 April 2019. The maximum number of marks available will be 45, although some tasks may be omitted that pupils are unlikely to be successful in. Each pupil will be presented with activities which are worth at least 26 marks – any omitted tasks will score zero. It is not a test, and there will be no pass mark. Early Years providers will receive narrative feedback instead of the score. Why is reception baseline being done? The purpose of the reception baseline assessment is to provide an on-entry assessment of pupil attainment...
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What makes a Good Question Level Analysis?

Over the last few years, Primary School Heads and teachers have been offered many different versions of Question Level Analysis to help with curriculum planning and SATs preparation. QLA is a really useful tool with your mock tests before the real SATs helping teachers better prepare pupils and to refine the curriculum to secure those marginal gains. . What should you look for in a good Question Level Analysis? Here are our TOP 10 Questions to Ask... . 1) Do you have to search in many places or is it delivered in one go? Remember the aim of this analysis is to save you time as a head/teacher so you are not searching through lots of data to find the answer. You need something that does that for you. . 2) Does the analysis look at Individual Questions or just general topics?  Most Question Analysis actually only gives you the heads up around different topics but what if, you wanted to look at the different types of question? Are your pupils better at the...
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Ofsted Inspections – Good schools – Key Stage 2 Attainment

In this series of articles, we'll have a look at typical Ofsted comments for schools which have been judged "good" overall in 2018. In this article, we'll look at Ofsted's comments regarding the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard at the end of Key Stage 2. Attainment at National averages Generally in good schools, Ofsted inspectors look for results which are broadly in line with the National Average, and they will use provisional (unvalidated) figures when released, especially if the figures were below in previous years: Progress in writing across key stage 2 has improved steadily since the last inspection and is now broadly average.Attainment in mathematics was close to the national average.Provisional information for the end of key stage 2 shows that the proportion of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading has risen substantially since 2016 and is now in line with that found nationally. Pupils’ attainment is generally in line with national averages.In 2018, provisional outcomes indicate that most...
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Key Stage 2 Rankings

On 13 December 2018 the DfE released the results per school for the KS2 SATs and Teacher Assessments. Would you like to know where your school is in relation to other schools? We have created an analysis for the main measures, showing the percentile ranking for these measures: A "1" indicates that your school is in the top 1% of all schools in England (excluding special schools).A "100" indicates that your schools is in the bottom 1%. This analysis enables you to: Locate your school percentile.Find out how close you were to the top and bottom 10% or 20%.Give you additional evidence to help set your targets for the forthcoming year. Why should I be interested in my school's ranking? Ofsted's Inspection Data Summary report is the document which Ofsted inspectors will read before coming to your school. It highlights: The top 10% and the bottom 10% for any particular year. This is indicated by the percentiles 1 to 10, and 91 to 100.The top 20% and the...
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KS2 2018 Ranks – Maths progress

On this page you can match your school mathematics progress figure, and find your percentage rank.A "1" indicates the top 1% of all schools; a "100" indicates the bottom 1% of all schools. Mathematics progress measure ResultPercentile Rankup to -6.0100-5.9100 to 99-5.8 to -5.399-5.299 to 98-5.1 to -4.998-4.898 to 97-4.7 to -4.597-4.497 to 96-4.3 to -4.296-4.196 to 95-4.095-3.995 to 94-3.894-3.794 to 93-3.693-3.593 to 92-3.492-3.392 to 91-3.291 to 90-3.190-3.090 to 89-2.989 to 88-2.888 to 87-2.787-2.687 to 86-2.586 to 85-2.485 to 84-2.384 to 83-2.283 to 82-2.182 to 81-2.081 to 80-1.980 to 78-1.878 to 77-1.777 to 76-1.676 to 74-1.574 to 73-1.473 to 72-1.372 to 70-1.270 to 69-1.169 to 67-1.067 to 66-0.966 to 64-0.864 to 63-0.763 to 61-0.661 to 59-0.559 to 58-0.458 to 56-0.356 to 54-0.254 to 53-0.153 to 510.051 to 500.150 to 480.248 to 460.346 to 450.445 to 430.543 to 420.642 to 400.740 to 380.838 to 370.937 to 351.035 to 341.134 to 331.233 to 311.331 to 301.430 to 281.528 to 271.627 to 261.726 to...
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