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Priority review: Band 1, and Band 4 and 5 schools that have continued to improve

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This review identifies lessons learnt from Band 1 schools that have maintained high levels of performance, and Band 4 and 5 schools that have improved, to inform the improvement journey for other schools.

The National Implementation Plan Improving Schools (external link) set out our future expectations and aspirations for improving our education system.  A continued focus on improvement and progression is vital if we are to secure improvement across the education system and improve learner outcomes.

The Secondary School Banding system helped identify which schools should be supported. During 2012/13 schools in Bands 4 and 5 received additional financial support of £10,000 and many schools provided with support demonstrated improvements. Band 4 and Band 5 schools have seen an increase in learners achieving the Level 2 threshold including a pass at grade C or above at GCSE in English or Welsh first language and mathematics of roughly five percentage points in 2012. However, Band 1 schools have seen a decrease in learners achieving the Level 2 threshold of roughly three percentage points in the same period.

We visited a sample of 15 schools that have improved from their 2011 Band 4 or 5 positions in 2012 and four schools in Band 1 that maintained improvements in 2011 and 2012.

The report of the review identifies:

  • What worked in the improving schools;
  • Six interlinked and interdependent themes for success – Leadership; Higher expectations for learners; Pupil tracking and data; Planning for improvement; Curriculum; and Parental engagement;
  • Case studies; and
  • Recommendations

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