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VALUE ADDED RESULTS SHOW MORE ROUNDED PICTURE OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS' PROGRESS

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The publication of a value added measure for each primary school for ...
The publication of a value added measure for each primary school for

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

different schools.

'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

standards further.

'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.'

NOTES

This Press Notice applies to England.

1. This year's primary performance tables are available on the DfES

website.

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.

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