Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How Does Your Child's Primary School Score in Our Guide? We've Analysed All the Local Government Data to Bring You the Rundown on Your Local Primary Schools

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

How Does Your Child's Primary School Score in Our Guide? We've Analysed All the Local Government Data to Bring You the Rundown on Your Local Primary Schools

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Byline: Ruth Lognonne Education Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com

TODAY we launch the second edition of the most comprehensive guide ever to state-funded primary schools in the North East, rating schools on their results, teaching, progress and attendance.

The ranking system uses 33 dif-dif ferent measures, put together from the latest publicly available data covering up to the 2013/14 school year, broken into four indicators.

National league tables only look at Key Stage 2 results, which may mean schools which help all pupils make progress, but only get slightly better than average results overall, may be overlooked. Our ranking system aims to move beyond just looking at Key Stage 2 results as a measure of how good schools are and to give parents an idea of which schools will help their child prosper, no matter what their background is.

As a result, the league table tries to factor in other things as well, like whether all pupils are making progress (not just those expected to get top grades), what attendance is like, the ratio of teachers to pupils and whether pupils are doing better than expected.

Attainment is worth 30% of the A total score - this based on pupils' Key Stage 2 performance in 2014 and how it compares to 2013 and 2009.

This measures whether a school is getting top marks and if it is managing to improve year on year.

Teaching is worth 40% of the score - it is based on how well dif-dif ferent types of pupil at all levels of attainment do in comparison to expectations and how well the school does at closing the gender gap - measuring how teachers are helping pupils do the best they can.

It also looks at how big the pupil/ teacher ratio is in comparison to the national average as well as teachers' average salaries.

Progress is worth 20% and is based on whether pupils at different levels of attainment and from disadvantaged backgrounds are making progress between the end of infants and the end of juniors. …

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