So far, we have had considerable success in improving outcomes for children in the early stages of their education. The work started in September 2015 when the children of Hastings were not performing well against National and East Sussex averages.
The impact of everyone’s work was becoming evident in 2016 when:
- In Early Years those reaching ‘Good level of development’ in 2016 was up 3.4% and above National Average of 69.4 % and in line with other East Sussex outcomes.
- Outcomes in Phonics testing in year 2 2016 was up 2.5 % but still below National and East Sussex averages. (81%) but the gap now between those in receipt of free school meals and their peers is reducing
- KS1 reading working at expected level 2016 was 4% In line with National (74.1%) and slightly below East Sussex (75.6%).
- KS1 writing working at expected level 2016 was 68% above the National Average of 66%.
- KS1 maths working at expected level 2016 was 74% slightly above the national average 73%
Outcomes in 2017 continued to show improvements as outlined below:
- At KS1 the gap between the most vulnerable children’s performance and that of all children reduced in both Writing and maths
- At KS2 the gap between the most vulnerable children’s performance and that of all children reduced in both reading and maths
- At KS2 the percentage of pupils reaching the expected level in maths rose by nearly 10%. A major achievement. The gap between the most vulnerable children’s performance in maths and that of all children also reduced
Plans for the coming year include extending Thrive practice as well as working closely with the local teaching school to access Opportunity Area Teaching and Learning Development funding to continue and extend our work and further improve educational outcomes. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teaching-and-leadership-innovation-fund
We also have plans to train teachers and other professionals to address very specific learning difficulties and to work to ensure the mental health and wellbeing of all the children of Hastings.