School bosses worried over falling performance

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: CONCERN: Councillor Malcolm Sykes, chairman of the children's services scrutiny committee CONCERN: Councillor Malcolm Sykes, chairman of the children's services scrutiny committee

EDUCATION chiefs have admitted they are worried about falling standards among the city's older primary school pupils, following years of improvements.

Now they have set a four point plan which focuses on upgrading the quality of leadership in schools to try to drive standards, which lag behind the national average, back up.

According to Bradford Council figures, children aged between seven and 11, or Key Stage Two had shown a "gentle decline" in reading performance, putting the city in 149th position from 152 local authorities in the league table.

For writing the figure was better at 131st and for maths the city had edged above the national average performance in 2010 but had "seen a widening of the gap in recent years" according to education officer Phil Weston.

Children in Bradford were making better progress during the years they spent in school, he said, but added: "If we are going to close these attainment gaps we need better progress than the national rate. This is a message we are sharing with schools."

In 2013 statistics showed 82 per cent of primary pupils attended a school ranked by Ofsted as 'good' or above, but Mr Weston conceded that figure had "fallen back a little" more recently, though the number of secondary school pupils attending a school ranked as 'good' or better had grown from 28 per cent in 2012 to 47 per cent last year. However, the current figure was 46 per cent.

Despite that, Mr Weston said there was no direct link between the number of schools highly rated by Ofsted and pupil performance.

Although the Ofsted figures were down this year, there was an expectation that pupil performance will have increased during the current academic year, he said.

The figures were discussed last night at a meeting of Bradford Council's children's services scrutiny committee and he told councillors: "Schools are telling me there will be quite significant improvements."

Committee chairman, Councillor Malcolm Sykes said: "The worry is that if we were not doing very good in 2013 with 82 per cent of schools 'good', if we are falling away, it doesn't look good for results."

The Council has a now devised a four point plan to try to drive up educational standards across the city, with improvements in school leadership seen as the most important change to make.

Mr Weston said that meant leadership throughout schools, rather than just a head teacher level.

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8:45am Wed 25 Jun 14

Johsay says...

What about leadership from the council?

"It's not about funding"

Next slide

10 minutes about the school forum, delegated funding etc. Hopeless.
What about leadership from the council? "It's not about funding" Next slide 10 minutes about the school forum, delegated funding etc. Hopeless. Johsay
  • Score: 6

8:53am Wed 25 Jun 14

Blotto says...

How long before this Council are once again made to farm out Education because of their own failing standards. There is a long list of falling standards that seems to be inherent in the BDMC, Those that were causing the problems before were isolated when EB took over, but now we are seeing their insidious influence of poor management starting to cause problems once again. The blame will be put anywhere except where it lies, in house!!
How long before this Council are once again made to farm out Education because of their own failing standards. There is a long list of falling standards that seems to be inherent in the BDMC, Those that were causing the problems before were isolated when EB took over, but now we are seeing their insidious influence of poor management starting to cause problems once again. The blame will be put anywhere except where it lies, in house!! Blotto
  • Score: 10

9:03am Wed 25 Jun 14

JAtkinson says...

A report this week showed that London's poor kids are doing brilliantly compared to poor kids from other (particularly northern) areas. Why? They had a fully funded, government backed London Challenge. London kids' underachievement was described as an "emergency" by the then Prime Minister.

Why is our kids' failure not an issue, not a problem, not even on the radar of Westminster?

There's a Yorkshire Challenge going on (pitifully funded and without the clout of London's, of course) and only two Bradford schools are involved. When will central government take the needs of the north and Bradford seriously? What do we have to do to get noticed?
A report this week showed that London's poor kids are doing brilliantly compared to poor kids from other (particularly northern) areas. Why? They had a fully funded, government backed London Challenge. London kids' underachievement was described as an "emergency" by the then Prime Minister. Why is our kids' failure not an issue, not a problem, not even on the radar of Westminster? There's a Yorkshire Challenge going on (pitifully funded and without the clout of London's, of course) and only two Bradford schools are involved. When will central government take the needs of the north and Bradford seriously? What do we have to do to get noticed? JAtkinson
  • Score: 14

9:27am Wed 25 Jun 14

sorrow&anger says...

First a sixteen point plan, now a four point plan. Have these politicians any idea at all? They are letting down not just the children in their care but the whole city and its future too. Until Bradford fixes the basics the place will go on getting worse.
First a sixteen point plan, now a four point plan. Have these politicians any idea at all? They are letting down not just the children in their care but the whole city and its future too. Until Bradford fixes the basics the place will go on getting worse. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 17

9:46am Wed 25 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

Education should be fully privatised and taken away from incompetent socialists like Cllr. Berry.
Education should be fully privatised and taken away from incompetent socialists like Cllr. Berry. pcmanners
  • Score: 14

10:04am Wed 25 Jun 14

Tinybantam says...

Thankfully my Grandchildren go to schools in Leeds...........it also makes me wonder if some of the schools in Bradford are sticking to the National Curriculum, or is this proof that some of the trojan horse stores could be more than rumours?
Thankfully my Grandchildren go to schools in Leeds...........it also makes me wonder if some of the schools in Bradford are sticking to the National Curriculum, or is this proof that some of the trojan horse stores could be more than rumours? Tinybantam
  • Score: -52

10:36am Wed 25 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Tinybantam wrote:
Thankfully my Grandchildren go to schools in Leeds...........it also makes me wonder if some of the schools in Bradford are sticking to the National Curriculum, or is this proof that some of the trojan horse stores could be more than rumours?
Leeds isn't that brilliant to be honest, they were 115th out of 152 (from the 2013 figures (http://www.telegrap
h.co.uk/education/le
aguetables/10511573/
Primary-league-table
s-2013-Local-educati
on-authority-results
.html)

There must be some really, really poor schools in Bradford dragging these figures down, because the local schools near us are well above those figures.
[quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: Thankfully my Grandchildren go to schools in Leeds...........it also makes me wonder if some of the schools in Bradford are sticking to the National Curriculum, or is this proof that some of the trojan horse stores could be more than rumours?[/p][/quote]Leeds isn't that brilliant to be honest, they were 115th out of 152 (from the 2013 figures (http://www.telegrap h.co.uk/education/le aguetables/10511573/ Primary-league-table s-2013-Local-educati on-authority-results .html) There must be some really, really poor schools in Bradford dragging these figures down, because the local schools near us are well above those figures. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 12

1:46pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Bikerbeardy says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Tinybantam wrote:
Thankfully my Grandchildren go to schools in Leeds...........it also makes me wonder if some of the schools in Bradford are sticking to the National Curriculum, or is this proof that some of the trojan horse stores could be more than rumours?
Leeds isn't that brilliant to be honest, they were 115th out of 152 (from the 2013 figures (http://www.telegrap

h.co.uk/education/le

aguetables/10511573/

Primary-league-table

s-2013-Local-educati

on-authority-results

.html)

There must be some really, really poor schools in Bradford dragging these figures down, because the local schools near us are well above those figures.
There is, in the same areas that receive millions for regeneration, high child mortality, highest car insurance and lowest IQ's probably.

The comment about sticking to the curriculum is interesting though, Mmm.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: Thankfully my Grandchildren go to schools in Leeds...........it also makes me wonder if some of the schools in Bradford are sticking to the National Curriculum, or is this proof that some of the trojan horse stores could be more than rumours?[/p][/quote]Leeds isn't that brilliant to be honest, they were 115th out of 152 (from the 2013 figures (http://www.telegrap h.co.uk/education/le aguetables/10511573/ Primary-league-table s-2013-Local-educati on-authority-results .html) There must be some really, really poor schools in Bradford dragging these figures down, because the local schools near us are well above those figures.[/p][/quote]There is, in the same areas that receive millions for regeneration, high child mortality, highest car insurance and lowest IQ's probably. The comment about sticking to the curriculum is interesting though, Mmm. Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 15

4:15pm Wed 25 Jun 14

bluebluerobin says...

Johsay wrote:
What about leadership from the council?

"It's not about funding"

Next slide

10 minutes about the school forum, delegated funding etc. Hopeless.
This exactly the kind of in depth analysis that is to be expected ever since the Labour Group hijacked the Scrutiny Committees.
[quote][p][bold]Johsay[/bold] wrote: What about leadership from the council? "It's not about funding" Next slide 10 minutes about the school forum, delegated funding etc. Hopeless.[/p][/quote]This exactly the kind of in depth analysis that is to be expected ever since the Labour Group hijacked the Scrutiny Committees. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 13

6:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Adamget says...

Are they going to tell us what this four point plan is?

Leadership is one point...

What are the other three please?
Are they going to tell us what this four point plan is? Leadership is one point... What are the other three please? Adamget
  • Score: 3

7:14pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Al Spade says...

So, having regained control of education from Serco, the council are making a bigger mess of it than they did!
So, having regained control of education from Serco, the council are making a bigger mess of it than they did! Al Spade
  • Score: 2
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