Hi, I work in a school whose value added was -0.25 last year which was obviously disappointing. Over the year there were problems within the department (Staff leaving with stress, being asked to enter weaker students for double science (Starting the course in December of year 11) and my department achieved a value added of +0.25. In my performance management I have been told that the department isn't outstanding yet. How else would you ultimately judge the department? The marking scrutinies always return positive results, as do the learning walks and lesson observations.