"RAISING ACHIEVEMENT PLAN - Frankley Community High School"
RAISING ACHIEVEMENT PLAN March 2009 RAISING ACHIEVEMENT PLAN March 2009 Position Statement September 2008 Frankley Community High School is a small, improving comprehensive school situated on the southwest edge of Birmingham. Our last OFSTED report, in July 2006 said ‘In a nutshell, Frankley High School achieves what it promises for its community and is displayed on the wall as you approach the school... success for all our pupils’. We were judged to be a ‘Good’ school and our curriculum was described as ‘Outstanding’. As far as the 5 A* to C grades (including English and Maths) is concerned only 11% of our students achieved this measure, putting us at the bottom of the league for Birmingham. This was very disappointing when compared to the high point of 16% reached the previous year and was below the LA prediction of 13%. Our aim is to turn this into a minimum of 30% over the next three years – and make this sustainable into the future. Our Contextual Value Added (KS2 to KS4) puts us in the top 3% of schools nationally, while our Value Added (KS3 to KS4) puts us in the top 4% of schools nationally. Our attainment on the traditional 5A* to C Grades is still very strong with 58% being just 1% below our best ever. We hit 100% for the second year running for students leaving with at least 1 A* to G Grades - above the national average and something to be very proud of. Our Average Points were 336 per subject and 280 per subject for the best 8 – thrashing LA predictions. On entry pupils come with an average of 23.8 points at KS2 (approximately a level 3½). The percentage of pupils eligible for Free School Meals is 42% and is well above the national average. The percentage of pupils identified as having special educational needs, including statements, is 32%, which is well above the national average and the percentage of pupils with statements of special educational needs is 3% which is also above the national average. The majority of our pupils come from the local community (48% from B45 and a further 44% from B31) – an area of high deprivation. The LEAs Pupil Postcode Analysis/Deprivation Indices show that 88% of our students are in the bottom quintile and 97% are in the bottom 2 quintiles. The main aspects of this deprivation are their parents’ income, their employment prospects and their likelihood to succeed with education, skills and training. The indices show that our pupils are significantly worse off than the LEA average in all measures apart from the ‘living environment’. 24% of students achieved a C or above in Maths. This was a good performance but we will need to get it well above 30% if we are to achieve the floor target. 12% of students achieved a C or above in English, 6 students missed out on a C grade by 1 or 2 marks which could have given us 17%. This was a disappointing performance and has to be the key focus for improvement. RAISING ACHIEVEMENT PLAN Colour Code Green = completed Yellow = ongoing Red = yet to start Strategy Date Responsible Resources Monitoring Status Early exam entry The current Year 11 top set for Maths were put on Sept 07 S Gilby 7 desk top computers 6 students achieving C grades in May 23% of current a one year Modular Maths course from the start of for accessing revision 08 (one then left us). Year 11 already Year 10. This gave them 3 opportunities to websites, typing up have a C+ at achieve at least a C grade – in June and November courswork, using 3 Bs - and 12 Cs - in November 08 Maths 2008 for Modular, with the back up of Linear in Moodle ( the EngMa (23% of our current Year 11). June 2009. VLE) and a printer A Could rise to laptop to support 42% if all top set This was part of an Action Research project on Mar 09 S Gilby Simon Wilding working deliver ‘Does a single core focus in a specific GCSE year on the EngMa project allow students to improve on their targeted Two sets of bitesize outcomes?’ Based on the hypothesis of: ‘Having textbooks - 1 maths set already succeeded in gaining a GCSE in Maths at and 1 English Site the end of year 10 I think that students will start licenses for the bitesize the year motivated, then by concentrating the software for both Maths focus on English in year 11 I believe children will and English. achieve or better their potential in English’. 15 successful students now have an extra 3 hours Mar 09 S Gilby Ongoing a fortnight of English and 3 hours to improve their likely marks in any other subjects. The remaining 6 students all scored very strong D Mar 09 S Gilby ‘C if U Can’ and ‘B A*’ Working very well. Regular Ongoing grades and will become part of a new top set of 12 from BASS. attendance on Tuesday lunchtimes. who will all be taking their linear exam in the Adrian Ridge supports All did really well on day out and are summer. This group to be supported by Eng/Ma lessons fairly independent. work and mentoring sessions. Revision Booklets Strategy Date Responsible Resources Monitoring Status Current Year 10 top set to complete their Modular Sept 08 B Obeng Lunchtime and Top set already have – 3 grade As, 6 Ongoing Maths course in one year so that they have 3 Saturday Revision grade Bs and 12 grade Cs (7 of these opportunities to achieve at least a C grade. classes are strong Cs) – from their first module. This gives us 22% on C+. 6 Would like to create 2 top sets with additional students are re-sitting as they had Ds. teacher from ‘Teach First’. This is the easiest unit. Sat second set of exams Mar 2nd and Bright is hoping for a minimum of 15 C+s in both these exams and when they complete the course in May. This would give us 16% at the end of Year 10. Immersion Days As part of the build up for the November Maths Nov 08 S Gilby Taken out of other Positive feedback from both staff and Completed exams the top set all took part in 3 Immersion classes and extra students – will definitely repeat Days. They were taken off timetable to focus on staffing process next year and for English quality revision with lots of work on past papers after Easter. Year 10 had extra and exam technique. lessons day before exams. English Coursework The sheer volume of English coursework has Sept 07 J Greaves Buying in Pam Croft Coursework completed by majority of Completed caused problems in the past as the major focus in and Simon Wilding students. Year 11 has become getting it in, rather than making sure that the quality is high. Last year the English department focused on completing all coursework in Year 10 allowing them to focus on exam preparation in Year 11. Students have been identified who need to improve Sept 08 J Greaves Of the 27 students worked with so far Ongoing – needs the quality of their coursework and we’ve bought in 6 have A grades, 12 B grades, 6 C to cascade out to Pam Croft in to work with individuals and small grades and 1 a D grade. This would non-TG and then groups. As the coursework is 40% of the final be 36% if it was repeated in their to Year 10 exam this should make a major difference to exams. overall grades – as they should be going in with more marks in the bank than in previous years. 4 students with a C already in Maths are not in this group! Strategy Date Responsible Resources Monitoring Status Mentoring The majority of have been seen at On going All Year 11 students have been assigned mentors Oct 08 A Stooksbury least twice. We feel that this is much with our target group being seen by senior staff. improved on last year and that the reporting sheets are easier to complete/more useful. This is being backed up with subject specific Jan 09 S Gilby Buying in Simon Pupil feedback on Maths and English On going mentoring in Maths supported by BASS called Wilding, food for buffet very positive. Parents came in for an Eng/Ma. Simon Wilding is supporting this group lunches, trips to Blues/ evening explaining how Eng/Ma works who have lunchtime sessions on Maths (using Edgbaston – positive feedback. Moodle website in school/at home – resources, forums, tests), withdrawal lessons for English on Students using online support from Paper 1 Section A, trips to the Blues/Edgbaston for PGCE students. workshops on areas targeted by BASS. Also being backed up with subject specific training Jan 09 J Greaves Mike Sullivan from Mock exams were analysed so that he On going in English. Mike Sullivan (from BASS) is working BASS could work with individuals wherever with a selected group of students who can go from they have a weakness. Ds to Cs in English. Target Groups A Year 11 target group was identified of students Oct 08 S Gilby & Target group produced and modified In place who were capable of getting 5 A* to C grades: J Wilding All departments have been asked to produce Oct 08 S Gilby & Updates of Year 11 RAPs produced by Ongoing Raising Achievement Plans. These focus on J Wilding all Departments showing progress anyone they teach from the Target Group/anyone made and new actions being taken. their data identifies and how they are going to Departments have shared RAPs with support them. the individual students. This process has now been copied into Year 9, so Jan 09 S Gilby & Year 9 RAPs produced/Year 10 after Ongoing that we’re not just thinking short-term, and will be J Wilding Easter cascaded out to a new Year Group every term Strategy Date Responsible Resources Monitoring Status Working with Examiners The English Department have been working with Oct 08 J Greaves Kerry Hadley-Pryce and Revision session took place before the Have taken place Kerry Hadley-Pryce (An AQA examiner) who took a tickets/ Mocks – favourable feedback from pre-mock revision session explaining what transport for ‘Poetry students Repeat in examiners are looking for when they ask certain Live’ ‘Poetry Live’ well attended – most Summer term questions. She’ll be doing more of the same in the students took full advantage of this, a summer term. 27 students went to ‘Poetry Live’ to minority struggled to get it right. work with examiners and poets on how to answer exam questions from this section of the paper. GCSEasy The top set for Maths all took part in this package Dec 08 J Wilding GCSEasy materials All students in the top set for Maths Completed to motivate and focus students after their took part in this. November exams. (We’ve run it successfully for the last two years with those students taking part scoring even higher CVA than the rest of the school). Support from the OAKs The OAKs collegiate have been working to support Nov 08 J Wilding Oaks to provide staff to All Departments have had their initial Ongoing all of their schools in the core subjects. Bartley lead sessions and meetings and the second round of Green lead with Maths, Selly Park with English, support where meetings are currently taking place. Hillcrest with Science and Lordswood Boys’ with necessary Behaviour. This provides a forum for Heads of department to meet and share ideas that have worked for them. Selly Park are currently working with the English Feb 09 J Greaves Selly Park to provide Selly Park have had initial meeting Initial Planning Department to set up a series of sessions to boost staff to support our with Julia Greaves and are setting up stages specific exam skills. Will plan and deliver these department. Oaks to planning sessions and dates for sessions with our staff and then take students off provide venue, delivery. timetable for 3 to 4 sessions and take off site. transport and materials Strategy Date Responsible Resources Monitoring Status Getting the Message Across to Stakeholders All staff, governors, students and parents have Jan 09 J Wilding Initial letters sent out to all Ongoing been kept up to date with what the school is doing stakeholders through the post. to beat the National Challenge. This will take place Article in Birmingham Post. after every RAG meeting. Assemblies and post letters home. Ex Year 11 students to take assembly on why Mar 09 L Stevens Next week English and Maths was important to them – a mixture of those who got it and those who didn’t. Dee Townsend spoke to Year 9 on importance of doing well at school. Year 9 Options/Parents Evening Combined Parents’ Evening with Options Night to Feb 09 S Gilby High turnout – 91% (despite Completed give students and parents more information to disruption caused by snow and base their decisions on. having to move date) and positive feedback. Staffing Bringing in Hays Education to support recruitment Mar 09 J Wilding Cost of employing Hays Coming in to set up website and look Being set up – to handle all adverts/applications/background Education per year and at documentation on Mar 6. checks for teaching vacancies; to produce website fee per post filled. for recruitment; to produce video clip to support recruitment. Fill vacant English post – either with an Mar/Apr J Wilding Have met with Hays and will be Adverts to be experienced AST/Literacy Coordinator or with an 09 working on Adverts with them sorted out in next NQT. few weeks Bring in a Maths and English unqualified teacher Sept 09 J Wilding Teach First fee and cost Have met with Teach First and will be Application to through ‘Teach First’. Will allow us to create extra of two unqualified applying for English/Maths positions. Teach First in classes – especially at KS4. teachers. next few weeks Bring in an extra TA to be attached to English Sept 09 J Wilding Cost of TA To look at next Department. term Strategy Date Responsible Resources Monitoring Status Look at other teachers to support English. Mar 09 J Wilding Cost of teachers Met with Sarah Thomas to discuss Ongoing two days a week to support Literacy/ English department from Sept. Liz Stevens to meet with Claire Stoneman (AST) to see what support she can offer. Making sure we look at the big picture Make sure that we keep doing the things we do Mar 09 J Wilding Staff asked to give realistic Ongoing well. Monitor how courses other then English and predictions for BTEC courses. Based Maths are going and support where necessary. on these 2 students to get 8 C+s, 29 to get 6 C+s and 28 to get 4 C+s (see separate sheet). When added to Maths grades already achieved would give a minimum of 60%+ 5 A* to C, and a maximum of 91% and a realistic target of 74% before any other courses taken into consideration! Attendance Drive Whole School Attendance Drive with contact home, Feb/ A Ridge Vouchers for prizes for Current Line Management meetings Ongoing assemblies on ‘Wise Up’ campaign, letters home Mar 09 each year group for 2 looking at Departmental Improvement and 2 week Attendance Challenge. week attendance Plans – will also ask about support for challenge. Year 11. Year 11 Prom to be paid for all students who meet May 09 A Stooksbury Cost of Prom/Year Book Initial feedback suggests that we’ve Ongoing or beat their attendance targets. for any student meeting caught back up after recent poor /beating attendance attendance caused by weather and target. illness – over 90%. Some big improvers – but also some losers Strategy Date Responsible Resources Monitoring Status Revision Classes Revision Classes for Year 10 Maths at lunchtimes/ Nov 08 D Desai Staffing for Saturdays/ 2 Saturday sessions – 14/02 and Ongoing Saturdays/Easter holidays. holidays 28/02. Going well and providing an opportunity to work on A/A* material for G&T. Revision Classes for Year 11 English at lunchtimes/ Feb 09 J Greaves Staffing for holidays Good attendance so far Ongoing Easter holidays. Easter holiday classes to be coordinated Mar/ J Wilding To be arranged Apr 09 Review of Study Leave Organise Study Leave so that all normal lessons Mar/ A Stooksbury Loss of time To be arranged continue until the final exam for that subject has Apr 09 & S Gilby traditionally used to been sat and until final piece of BTEC work has develop courses/train been completed. etc. Community Room to be turned into Year 11 Apr/ A Stooksbury Comfortable chairs for To be arranged Common Room – short-term measure for Summer May 09 May – refurb of room term and longer term measure to start from Sept. for September. Literacy Learning Walk Liz and Julia to set up Mar 09 L Stevens To be arranged If you have any comments you would like to make about our Raising Achievement Plan please send them to the school via email to FCHS@frankley.bham.sch.uk or by post to Frankley Community High School New Street Birmingham B45 0EU