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Positive progress

Discussion in 'Science' started by the6thtraceybrother, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. the6thtraceybrother

    the6thtraceybrother New commenter

    Hi, I’m looking for schools that have had a positive progress score in science. What have been the secrets of your success? We have average to above attainment, but progress is resolutely negative.
    Last year we utilised the following initiatives to try and turn the tide;
    1. Putting the best teachers in with the “tough” middle classes.
    2. Practising extended response questions every three weeks
    3. After school interventions with small groups every week
    4. 2 sets of formal mock exams, with follow up interventions
    5. A focused workbook to tackle the required practicals and maths content
    6. Finishing content before Easter and then having a department wide revision program
    7. A third of the cohort came in during the Easter holidays for the morning
    8. A Science tutor group was formed, for students with high targets and low attainment

    What else can we do in the future?

    What do places with positive progress do differently?

  2. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    We do a peer to peer tutoring scheme; at GCSE more able students are allocated a low achieving tutee where they work together once a week every lunch. Tutors are for each science strand and they have a different tutee/tutor. This helps us focus our revision to these groups of people. Some pupils will have tutors in all 3 and others in only 1.

    This allows for more able students to consolidate, contextualise and explore their learning further by teaching, and it allows for 'slower' students to recap and review their learning and look at it from a different perspective which often helps.

    Also, lots and lots and lots of challenging exam questions and data analysis as much as possible at every moment of teaching and revision.
  3. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    Poor kids, when I was at school we used to play football at lunch time.
    Mountaingirl and Corvuscorax like this.
  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    get rid of 3 and 7 for a start. The more extra interventions on offer the less children think they need to work in the actual lesson
  5. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    Poor kids indeed, especially when they're predicted to get grade 3s and 4s and then manage to get grade 6s and 7s

  6. Cyberman

    Cyberman New commenter

    I think that before you start trying to improve your “progress” score you need to look more carefully at what you (or your senior leadership team) are using as a measure of progress.

    If like many schools you are simply comparing your average point score in GCSE sciences to that of the attainment 8 Ebacc element then it is likely that it will show a negative progress score even with a cohort with above average attainment compared to national.

    This is because the attainment 8 Ebacc element is a composite aggregate of learners' BEST three grades in Ebacc GCSEs and not all the GCSEs.

    This is explained in the presentation at the first link below about the relative difficulty of Ebacc GCSEs. The example given in this is for English however the same principle applies to the science GCSEs as well. In fact the only subject where you can directly compare a schools results to the corresponding attainment 8 element is maths as this is a single GCSE element (in your school do maths have a zero or positive progress score?).

    The presentation concentrates on the relative difficulty of computer science GCSE, however there is also a detailed analysis comparing the grading of the separate GCSE sciences Vs combined science that you may find useful.

    The other two links are to free spreadsheet tools that allow you to compare your subject to national data in just your subject.

    The first compares your subject to JCQs’ national data 2019 but is not contextualised for KS2 prior attainment.

    The second is contextualised for prior attainment and compares your subject to that expected based on the DfE KS2-KS4 transition matrices using 2018 data, the transition matrices for 2019 are not yet available.



  7. Cyberman

    Cyberman New commenter

  8. christubbs

    christubbs New commenter

    have the students access to the relevant cgp revision guide and workbook?
  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Who is making the predictions. perhaps the problem lies there?
  10. rehaank

    rehaank Occasional commenter

    Me. I'm making the predictions based on their performance from Year 10, their performance across other subjects, their attitude to learning and retention of information, internal end of topic tests performance, exam question performance in class and in homework and my 13 years worth of experience.
  11. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Perhaps you need to check your working out!

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