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OrmIrian · 10/10/2007 10:07

Just had parent's evening and this year we actually got some numbers to back up the vague assertions we normally get - thanks to a bad Ofsted, one of the areas of concern being that parents weren't being given an accurate enough picture of their DC?s acheivements. DH hates my recent obsession with grades and I can see his point, but if that is the only way of getting a more objective picture of where the children are, I'm afraid I want to know. I've trusted the school and it appears that it was partly misplaced so now I need the numbers! DS#1 is in Yr 6 and is at level 4b atm for Literacy and 3b for Maths. He has been told that he should manage a 5 for literacy and 4 for Maths. He has a great deal of potential apparently which is bad news for him as that means I shall be on his case.

It's the first time we've had a parents evening where I feel I know exactly where we stand. And the first time a teacher has actually told me that my son is bright and has the potential to do well. Instead of just being lazy (which we know) and a kind and thoughtful child (which we know) and very creative (which we're not so sure about ). We have also always known that he is bright, and fascinated by, and knowledgeable about many subjects but especially science and machines. But no-one at school has ever seemed to notice that .

DD is on track. (yr 4). She works hard and carefully and is generally a joy to teach. She always has been, bless her.

I've also been invited to a phonics reading workshop next week to help DS#2 who has just started in reception.

Maybe a bad Ofsted was a good thing. Here's hoping.

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OrmIrian · 10/10/2007 10:45

Anyone else seen their school improve dramatically after a poor Ofsted then? I'm pinning my hopes on that happening atm.

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cornsilk · 10/10/2007 10:58

Used to work in a school in special measures.(crap head) They had money thrown at them by the LEA and constant staff training. Some of the things we were doing then (10 ish years ago) as a result of that were excellent.

OrmIrian · 10/10/2007 11:03

Thanks cornsilk,

we are in special measures so things have to improve in the next 6 months before the next inspection. But it seems such a huge task.

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OrmIrian · 10/10/2007 11:25

Also can anyone tell me, did they abolish SATS at the end of yr4 recently? I am totally certain that DS#1 did them but I can't find any mention of them on the National Curriculum website. DD is in yr 4 now.

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popsycal · 10/10/2007 11:26

there never was sats in y4. it is qca4

OrmIrian · 10/10/2007 11:28

Thanks popsycal but what's qca4? I was certain that DS did them because his teacher was telling me he was going to screw them up but he did well. Are they externally marked?

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popsycal · 10/10/2007 11:31

They are SATs style tests at the end of year 4 (also in Y5 and Y3). They are usually internally marked. However, 2 year sago, our LEA paid for our QCA5s to be externally marked. We marked them ourselves this year though.

popsycal · 10/10/2007 11:31

ALso, unlike y2 and y6 sats, the results are not published

OrmIrian · 10/10/2007 11:40


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