Improve outcomes in English, Maths and Science

Our aim

To build strong foundations for key stage 4 by boosting attainment in primary and supporting transition into secondary.

Why is this an issue?

While there have been improvements in the quality of educational provision in Stoke-on-Trent over the last 5 years, more needs to be done. As recently as December 2016, nearly half of all learners in secondary education (47.5%) were in schools judged by Ofsted to be less than good.

Using Progress 8 scores as a proxy measure for successful pupil transition between key stage 2 and key stage 4, we know that many pupils, and particularly those that are disadvantaged, fail to keep up with national averages for achieving a good level of progress.

What will we do? 

We will focus our efforts where they‘ll have the greatest impact. Our focus will be on lifting attainment in English, maths and science at key stage 2, and supporting children through the critical transition stage between year 6 and secondary school so they make good progress during key stage 3. This will lay strong foundations for attainment at key stage 4 and beyond. We want to ignite children’s imagination and ambition from a young age and ensure they experience a stimulating curriculum that inspires and motivates them and prepares them for the evolving job market.

We will put in place targeted support for schools and pupils, drawing on expert advice from system leaders, our EEF Research School, and other partners. We are keen to introduce a tailored mentoring programme for these pupils, focused on their learning and engagement.

Find out more about our projects here.

Our targets for 2020 to 2021

  • Stoke-on-Trent will be in the top half of all local authority districts for pupils eligible for pupil premium meeting the expected standard, improving outcomes on this measure for over 250 pupils.
  • Stoke-on-Trent will be in the top half of all local authority districts for pupils eligible for pupil premium meeting the exceeding the expected standard, improving outcomes on this measure for over 70 pupils.

To find out more about our targets read our delivery plan here.