Numbers never lie

On a day where the news was all about the day before’s General Election, the annual School Pupil Performance Tables were published.

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Schools are far, far more than can be described in a simple set of results, but numbers can make for a good read and a bit of a puzzle over. I do urge everyone to consider context when looking at figures – they are simplistic and give very little contextual background. But here are some highlights:

Search for all Primary Schools in Sheffield, choose the radius of search and, for us, Primary Schools in the maintained sector.

By looking at the comparison group (My Schools – 85 schools) you see that Lydgate Junior School is / was:

First out of 85 schools on percentage of pupils attaining the expected standard in all three subject areas (reading, writing and maths),

12% to 23% ahead of national average on the same measure over the last three years,

Lowest funded per pupil,

Fifth best on reading progress score,

Tenth best on maths progress score,

Tenth best on percentage of pupils achieving the higher standards in all three areas,

5%, 6% and 7% ahead of national average on the same measure over the last three years,

Third best on average score in maths,

Third best attendance rate.

All this with the ninth highest Pupil : Teacher ratio in the comparison group (25.6 : 1 compared to a national average of 20.7 : 1) and in a Junior School (where, it is recognised, progress is lower on average).

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