We surveyed secondary schools up and down the country asking this question, and the results can be categorised as follows:
Firstly, your new Year 7 pupils have already taken six standardised tests in May. What 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.
Secondly, for better or worse, your Year 7 SATs results are the baseline for your Progress 8 scores in five years’ time. Having an early analysis allowing you to secure some rapid improvement and quick wins with your new mixed-ability cohort is a positive boost for pupils and teachers alike.
Schools also look at the benefits of the Transition QLA itself. For maths, some schools were able to split their pupils into various topic-based groups, to ensure that pupils had targeted support as early as possible, and made real progress in the first half of the Autumn term. This enabled learning gaps to be closed for all pupils, and to enable pupils the best chance to fully access the Key Stage 3 curriculum.
Other schools talked about the Year 7 catch-up premium and targeting these additional funds, as well as reporting on the impact that it had. It can also be used for targeted support for disadvantaged pupils and other groups as well.
Additionally, at some schools, all teachers are responsible for improvement in the core subjects of maths and English, no matter what subject they teach. They can use the Transition QLA to be informed of the topic strengths and weaknesses, at either the pupil level or at a class level. This can help pupils to either catch up or to excel at the highest levels.
So, three of the main reasons for using a Transition QLA are:
- Having an analysis before term starts, knowing your pupils’ strengths and challenges in the core subjects,
- Allowing pupils to have targeted lessons in the first half of the Autumn term, and
- Making the best possible use of the Year 7 Catch-Up premium.
But what other reasons might you have?
- Maybe you will like the ability to have a report for each subject per class, as well as a report for the entire Year 7?
- Maybe you will like the Pupil Profiles, which shows each pupils’ strengths and challenges?
- Maybe you will like how easy it is to have, with the fact that you can download and send us the data in as little as 10 minutes?
- Or maybe you will just like the affordable price!
Whatever your reasons, for more information about the Transition QLA, please click here.