Thursday, 19 October 2017

Stop School Cuts!

The local authority is acknowledging the fact that an increasing number of schools are having to take drastic action due to a lack of resources including setting defecit budgets, staffing restructures, reducing curriculum provision and cutting extra-curricular activities.

At Bitterne Manor, we are already having to reduce our budget for professional development, reduce the amount of non-contact time for our staff, make huge savings to resources and increasingly rely on donations to fund the things we'd like to do for our children.
All schools are facing a severe funding crisis due to Government cuts which may mean cuts to teachers, support staff and an increase in class sizes. For the last year warnings about cuts have dominated discussion around education. The Government has cut funding by £2.8 billion and it wants to cut more.There is an ongoing campaign calling on the council and the government to address these issues and provide education with the necessary funding to do our jobs effectively. It will require the concerted effort by staff and parents to exercise their voice and ensure we continue to be able to provide a quality education for all.
For more details head to:
www.fairfundingforallschools.org
www.schoolcuts.org.uk
or the FB page Southampton Fair Funding for All Schools.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Reviewing Our Learning Behaviours...

Teachers (in years 1 to 6) will be sharing at parent evenings their reviews of children's learning behaviours in class. This is something we started last year as a means of discussing our children's strengths and areas that we need to work on in lessons. We will be working on these throughout the year and our aim is always to help children to learn to be the best they can! While this isn't an exhaustive list and neither does it equate to high or low attainment - it is something that we do believe has a strong link to the good or better progress pupils are able to sustain in school.

Red Cross: Free education workshops for young people

"Our education helps young people understand, cope with, and take action in a crisis."



Thought we'd share something that we're doing tomorrow with our Year 6! The BRitish Red Cross offer fully funded workshops in schools and youth work settings in areas where young people are at higher risk of experiencing a crisis related to drug/alcohol use, incidents involving knives (or other sharp objects) and stigmatising behaviour.

What do the workshops cover?
The free workshops, delivered by Red Cross educators, aim to help 10–19 year olds learn first aid and/or explore the impact of stigmatising behaviour towards refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.

First aid workshops
Learn essential first aid skills, including how to help someone who is:

  • unresponsive (breathing/not breathing)
  • bleeding heavily
  • burnt.

Assess and manage risks to make informed choices when helping others.
Build the confidence and willingness to help in a first aid emergency.

How can I find out more?

Call 0344 412 2734
Email youtheducation@redcross.org.uk
Visit: www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Teaching-resources/Education-workshops

Train to Teach Event: Southampton 9th November

The free Train to Teach Roadshows will provide you with a wealth of information on how to get into teaching and how to apply for training in your region.
Don’t miss your opportunity to find out more. Drop in at any time during the event, allowing at least two hours to:
  • first attend a presentation on the different teacher training options – these will take place at 5:30pm and 6:30pm
  • speak to teaching experts to receive advice on your training options – please check your eligibility for teacher training before coming along to this event
  • receive personalised advice on your UCAS application – don’t forget to bring a copy of your personal statement with you
  • talk to practising teachers about life in the classroom
  • meet representatives from schools and universities that deliver teacher training in your region to find out about their courses and entry requirements
You’ll need to create a profile on this site to book a place at this Train to Teach event. Once registered, you can log in at any time to book places at other events near you or take part in our online events.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Headline outcomes for children and young people in the City....

Key Stage 2

  • Southampton’s 2017 KS2 achievement for the percentage of pupils achieving the Expected Standard in Reading, Writing and Maths was 61%. This is in line with the National performance of 61% and sustains Southampton’s performance of being in line or above National for the main attainment headline indicator since 2013 (previously Level 4+ in Reading, Writing and Maths). Southampton’s 2017 KS2 cohort achieved a joint rank position of 66th with 13 other Local Authorities out of a total of 150 Local Authorities.
  • The proportion of Southampton pupils achieving the Higher Standard in Reading, Writing and Maths is 8%, 1% below the National average for this indicator (9%).
  • 73% of Southampton’s KS2 pupils achieved the Expected Standard in Reading, 2% greater than the National average of 71%. In 2016, Southampton (66%) equalled the National average (66%) for pupils achieving the Expected Standard in Reading, therefore Southampton has had a 2% improvement relative to National from 2016 to 2017. Subsequently, Southampton’s rank has improved from 78th in 2016 to 53rd out of 150 Local Authorities in 2017.
  • 77% of Southampton’s KS2 pupils achieved the Expected Standard in Writing, 1% above the National average of 76% and ranking Southampton 49th with 17 other Local Authorities out of a total of 150 Local Authorities. Southampton made no improvement to the 2016 percentage achieving the Expected Standard in Writing of 77%, whilst the National average increased from 74% in 2016 to 76% in 2017. This indicates that Southampton have regressed, relative to National, by 2%.
  • 74% of Southampton’s KS2 pupils achieved the Expected Standard in Maths, 1% below the National average of 75%. In 2016, Southampton (71%) was 1% above the National average (70%) for pupils achieving the Expected Standard in Maths, resulting in Southampton’s ranking dropping from 65th in 2016 to 82nd out of a total of 150 Local Authorities in 2017.
Key Stage 4 (provisional and therefore subject to change)
  • In 2017, 51% of Southampton pupils achieved a 9-5 (Strong Pass) in English GCSE. 68% of Southampton pupils achieved 9-4 (Standard Pass) in English GCSE while in 2016, 69% of Southampton pupils achieved A*-C in English GCSE. The 2016 National average for percentage of pupils achieving A*-C in English GCSE was 75%.
  • In 2017, 40% of Southampton pupils achieved a 9-5 (Strong Pass) in Maths GCSE. 64% of Southampton pupils achieved 9-4 (Standard Pass) in Maths GCSE while in 2016, 62% of Southampton pupils achieved A*-C in Maths GCSE. The 2016 National average for percentage of pupils achieving A*-C in Maths GCSE was 69%.
  • In 2017, 34% of Southampton pupils achieved a 9-5 (Strong Pass) in English and Maths GCSE. 57% of Southampton pupils achieved 9-4 (Standard Pass) in English and Maths GCSE which was the same outcome for percentage of Southampton pupils achieving A*-C in English and Maths GCSE in 2016 (57%). The 2016 National average for percentage of pupils achieving A*-C in English and Maths GCSE was 63%.
  • In 2017, 18% of Southampton pupils achieved a 9-5 (Strong Pass) EBacc. In 2016, 21% of Southampton pupils achieved A*-C EBacc while the 2016 National average was 25%.
  • In 2017, Southampton pupils achieved an Attainment 8 score of 44.1 where in 2016, the Southampton Attainment 8 score was 47.5. The 2016 National average for Attainment 8 was 50.0.
Key Stage 5 (provisional and therefore subject to change)
  • In 2017, 96.6% of Southampton A Level entries achieved an A*-E grade at College or Sixth Form. This is 1.3% below National performance that saw 97.9% of A level results achieve an A*-E grade.
  • 67.8% of A Level entries within Southampton’s Colleges or Sixth Forms achieved a grade C or above. The National performance for A*-C was 77.4%, a gap of 9.6% when compared with Southampton LA (67.8%).
  • Out of over 1900 A-level entries within Southampton, 39.4% achieved an A*-B grade. Nationally a pass rate of 53.1% was achieved resulting in a gap of 13.7% with Southampton (39.4%).
  • 15.7% of Southampton entries achieved an A-Level A* or A grade in 2017. A challenge still remains to meet National performance as A-Level A*-A grades was 26.3%, a gap of 10.6% between Southampton and National.

Monday, 25 September 2017

STA Assessment Update...

We were extremely pleased that the DfE has released some encouraging moves toward adopting a more flexible approach when it comes to assessing pupil's writing. Two particular statements were very positive to read:

A more flexible approach - teachers can now use their discretion to ensure that, on occasion, a particular weakness does not prevent an accurate judgement of a pupil's attainment overall being made. The overall standard of attainment, as set by the 'pupil can' statements, is the same.

'Pupil can' statements - these have a slightly greater emphasis on composition, while statements relating to the more 'technical' aspects of writing (grammar, punctuation and spelling) have been made less prescriptive. All changes have been made in line with the attainment targets of the relevant programmes of study.

We look forward to a system that places the emphasis on what the children can do rather than what they can't!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Being Brilliant...!


Another element of our INSET day was to review the things we do well as a school. We hold our reputation as a school very dearly and I liken this to the BBC... not that we have the same values but that we have a set of core values and principles by which we are well known for. To be an outstanding school is a privilege but it comes with great expectations and responsibilities! We need to continue to be brilliant at the basics and remember our core purpose - teaching and learning. We need to "let the systems take the strain" meaning we're so good at doing things they become second nature. Next and very importantly, we need to care about what we're doing and take pride in the work we do. Let's also be good about communicating this to each other! In other words: learning to be the best we can... now, where have I heard that before?