the first time in this year's performance tables shows the excellent
progress made by many schools, school standards minister David
Miliband said today.
Mr Miliband said: 'We have always said that we will listen to the
views of heads, teachers and parents about how the performance tables
can provide a more comprehensive and rounded picture of school
performance. Including value added information does just that. It
shows the rates of progress that children make between 7 and 11 in
'The value added results show the outstanding achievements of many
schools whose pupils have made excellent progress. We want to
celebrate the achievements of those schools.
'An international report earlier this year showed that our 10 year
olds are now the third most able readers in the world.
'But there is no doubt that we want to see more improvement. The
agenda we set out earlier this year, on bringing together creativity
with the focus on numeracy and literacy, will enable us to raise
'Around 4,000 schools with different levels of performance are
involved in our primary Leadership Programme, in which headteachers
support each other to drive school improvement.
'We are supporting schools in developing children's speaking and
listening skills (new materials announced earlier this month) and in
making full use of ICT to improve teaching and learning.
'Excellence and Enjoyment gives schools greater control and freedom
to be innovative. Schools are now setting their own targets,
supported by the new Pupil Achievement Tracker. They have flexibility
to plan their own curriculum and ensure that they meet the individual
needs of their pupils.'
This Press Notice applies to England.
1. This year's primary performance tables are available on the DfES
2. Value Added measure - While the threshold indicators give a
valuable indication of schools achieving the expected levels of
performance, the value added measure is a better reflection of school
effectiveness than the stand alone threshold indicators. The value
added measure for each school is based on individual pupil progress
between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Each pupil's value added score
is based on comparing their Key Stage 2 performance with the median
(or middle) performance of other pupils with the same or similar
prior attainment at Key Stage 1. The individual scores are averaged
to give a score for the school which is represented as a number based
around 100. This indicates the value the school has added on average
for their pupils. Further information on how the value added measure
is calculated can be found in accompanying Document 2.