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School Inspection, Performance, Achievement and Attainment

The Department for Education produces annually achievement and attainment tables to enable parents and others in the community to see how their local schools compare with levels of performance in schools elsewhere, and with average levels in the local authorities and across the country as a whole.

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Ofsted Inspections

Under the current arrangements (due to be revised in January 2012) all schools are subject to Ofsted inspection within a five year period.  A copy of the report will go out to all parents of pupils at the relevant school and can be reviewed on the Ofsted Website.  Pupil outcomes are also closely monitored by the school and the Local Authority.

The National Curriculum

Foundation Stage is the period beginning when a child reaches the age four. It ends at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his or her class reach the age of five (Nursery and Reception Year Groups).

Key Stage 1 is the period beginning with a child becoming compulsory school-age. It ends at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his or her class reach the age of seven (Year Group 1 and 2).

Key Stage 2 is the period beginning at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils reach the age of eight. It ends at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils attain the age of 11 (Year Group 3 - 6).

Key Stage 3 is the period beginning at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils reach the age of 12. It ends at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils reach the age of 14 (Year Group 7 - 9).

Key Stage 4 begins at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils reach the age of 15. It ends with the expiry of the school year in which the majority of pupils cease to be of compulsory school-age (Year Group 10 and 11).

Levels of Achievement

The National Curriculum sets standards of achievement in each subject for pupils aged 5-14. For most subjects, these standards range from Levels 1-8. Pupils progress through the levels as they get older and learn more:

  • most 7 year olds are expected to achieve Level 2
  • most 11 year olds are expected to achieve Level 4
  • most 14 year olds are expected to achieve Level 5 or 6

Achievement and Attainment Tables

Although, they cannot give a complete picture of a school, achievement and attainment tables provide a guide to how well a school or college is doing. Achievement and attainment tables for schools in Stockport are available on the DfE website.

To access historical performance tables for Stockport schools, please see 'Related Links' on the right of this page.

Statistical First Releases

This site contains details of the research and statistics publications which have been produced by both the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). This site hold a wide range of information ranging from pupil absence statistics to youth cohort studies.

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