National Funding Formula 2020-2021

On 11 October 2019, the provision allocations for schools for 2020-2021 was released. You can see the percentage increase for your school, and for neighbouring schools, on the display below. Red indicates a per-pupil increase of around the minimum of 1.84%.Orange indicates a per-pupil increase of around 4-6%.Blue indicates a per-pupil increase of more than around 6%. var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1570789000233'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; ...
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Year 7 Catch-up Premium

How well is your school using the additional funding for pupil premium and Year 7 Catch up? Ofsted will be looking for how you are supporting your new Year 7. The 2019 Ofsted Inspection Handbook says: In evaluating progress in literacy and mathematics, inspectors will take into account the progress of those for whom the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides support. [In Outstanding schools,] Governors systematically challenge senior leaders so that the effective deployment of … Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium … secures excellent outcomes for pupils. In Outstanding Schools.. The following quotes are taken from Ofsted Inspection Reports of Outstanding secondary and all-through schools in 2018/19: Leaders use additional funding very effectively for disadvantaged pupils and those in Year 7 who need extra help to catch up with others. … Year 7 pupils who join the school with low starting points are provided with targeted support to improve their reading. Pupils benefit from work that closely matches their abilities and...
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Year 7 Transition QLA – A Flying Start

Why every school can benefit from a good Year 7 Transition Question Level Analysis? We surveyed secondary schools up and down the country asking about Transition. Every school and area has a different way of working but - to help make immediate progress - nothing beats Question Level Analysis. Firstly, your new Year 7 pupils have already taken six standardised tests in May. Why not use them? You can get the analysis from these tests before your pupils have set foot in your school. If you choose, you can then supplement them with additional in-house tests – but in the meantime, you already can be acting on the results of the Transition QLA. These tests can be used as an accurate baseline for your new starters. As Peter Maddock, Head of Maths explained in his article in TES: Three ways to solve the problem of Year 7 maths Wait before you baseline pupils – if you are in a school that routinely...
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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 future SATs preparation. QLA really is a useful tool. It helps teachers better prepare pupils and to refine the curriculum to secure those marginal gains. By looking at how your pupils performed, you can see exactly where you will want to make changes for next year. . What to 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 all 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,...
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Ofsted’s concerns regarding Curriculum Design

In our previous article, we had a look at Ofsted indicators regarding strong/weak Curriculum Design. In this article, we'll have a look at some of Ofsted's concerns. Curriculum Design What is curriculum? Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, has said: The curriculum really is the most important thing to think about as educators. As I said earlier, it’s the ‘what’. The very essence of what we want children to learn. It’s how we prepare them, as best we can, for what they might face next. And to leave children unprepared is, frankly, a dereliction of duty, I’m sure you’d agree. ...Sequencing does have a part to play here. ... So a degree of signposting, of showing children the way, is needed. It’s not enough to simply put everything out there and hope that something sticks.This isn’t about having some beautiful tick list of what a child should do, and when. If a child is having difficulty with something, it’s about stepping in to...
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Ofsted’s assessment of Curriculum

In previous articles, we took a look at what Ofsted's inspections under the new Inspection Framework will look like from September 2019, and how they may assess Work Scrutinies and Lesson Visits. In this article, we will look at how Ofsted may assess Curriculum design, based on the results of a research project. However, this information is only provisional, and may be different when the inspections start in September 2019. However, this may be useful in working on Ofsted's general approach. Assessment of Curriculum The 25 indicators used in the research model will no doubt be narrowed down by the first inspections in September 2019. They revolved around: Intent Rationale, Ambition, Concepts, Implementation Subject leadership, Subject knowledge, Equitable delivery, Planning the progression model, Breadth and depth, and Assessment. Of the 25 quality indicators, Ofsted's research has found that some of them were either more highly correlated with each other in models or were considered by Inspectors are more essential. These are: Intent There is a clear and coherent rationale for the curriculum design. The curriculum is at least as...
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Ofsted’s Deep Dives from September 2019 onwards

In our previous article, we took a look at what Ofsted's inspections under the new Inspection Framework will look like from September 2019. In this article, we will look at our summary of Ofsted's research about the "Deep Dives" to see what Ofsted may be looking for. It should be noted that: The Deep Dives are principally to gather evidence in relation to "quality of education", and the lesson visits can also gather evidence in relation to "behaviour and attitudes".These lists should not be used as a "box-ticking" exercise. For example, Ofsted does not want to see "Ofsted lessons".This is not a definitive list, and the final version may vary from the below (Ofsted describes them as "illustrative"). However, this should show the direction of travel that Ofsted is going. Lesson Visits/Observations For its research, Ofsted created a set of 18 indicators, which were grouped into three main themes: Curriculum,Teaching, andBehaviour. It should be noted that "Teaching" is used rather than "Learning", as research shows that it...
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Ofsted Inspections – Outstanding schools – Work in books

This series of articles examines Ofsted Inspectors' comments, as published in their Inspection Reports, in relation to "Outstanding" schools. In this article, we will have a look at work in pupils' books. Work in Books In the 2018 Ofsted School inspection handbook, which was the current one at the time of these inspections, Ofsted said that (my emphasis added): 188. Inspectors will gather evidence about the progress of current pupils through: • observations in lessons • discussions with pupils about their understanding of things they have been learning about • scrutiny of pupils’ acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills over time as shown in their work, including that in their books • the school’s own information, taking account of the quality and rigour of the assessment on which it is based. However, in the draft 2019 handbook, Ofsted are proposing to essentially remove the last bullet point. They say: 178. While they will consider the school’s use of assessment (see paras...
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GCSE data needed

If you have access to any of the following, could you please send them securely to phillip.burton@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or send them through S2S. I have already received any documents which have been struck-through, so I don't need these again. If there are any other boards for these subjects that you use, please let me know. AQA For AQA, could you please send me (either by securely email or S2S) the question papers for English and Maths, and the Mark Schemes for Science. They will be available from the AQA website 10 days after the exams. As you can see, I have got the Maths and English papers, but need the Science mark schemes. However, these are not published on Results Day. Maths - Question Papers: 1F, 1H, 2F, 2H, 3F, 3HEnglish Language - Question Papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2English Literature - Question Papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2Physics - Mark Scheme: 1F, 1H, 2F, 2HChemistry - Mark Scheme: 1F, 1H, 2F, 2HBiology - Mark Scheme: 1F,...
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Ofsted Inspections – Outstanding Schools – Most Able pupils

In this series of articles, we are looking at Ofsted inspectors' comments on schools which they have judged to be outstanding. In this article, we'll have a look at their comments regarding the "most able" pupils (typically pupils which a high Prior Attainment). The attainment and progress of most able pupils It is not surprising that in these schools the most able pupils are working above age-related expectations. However, it seems that these pupils exceed even the high attainment shown nationally for high prior attainers: Teachers also ensure that the most able are regularly challenged to reach and exceed high targets. The most able pupils made outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics.The most able pupils in the school attain particularly well compared with similar pupils nationally. It should be noted that, under the KS2 Progress calculation methodology, there is a lower cap on how much progress can be measured for high prior attainers compared to others. For example, a Level 3...
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