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(Terminology from Ofsted Report) Ofsted said that improvements in teaching have not had enough impact on pupil progress. How do Ofsted judge pupil progress?

Nationally, progress is measured by a measure called 'Progress 8'. The measure compares how pupils improve from their Key Stage 2 scores in Maths and English to GCSEs (or equivalent) in specific subjects. Nationally, progress is measured by a measure called 'Progress 8'. The measure compares how pupils improve from their Key Stage 2 scores in Maths and English to GCSEs (or equivalent) in specific subjects.

The Progress 8 score looks at GCSE (or equivalent) in 8 subjects, although Maths and English are 'double counted' so the final score is divided by 10. The subjects are:
- English (the best of English Language or English Literature, but pupils must study both);
- Maths;
- Three subjects from the English Baccalaureate (Geography, History, GCSE Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Modern Foreign Languages);
- The Open Element or 'Other Subjects' - from a list of approved courses.

We were surprised that Ofsted judged Woodhey's Progress 8 score so harshly. As can be seen on the School's Performance Table website, Woodhey's overall Progress 8 score is average for the country and better than many schools who are judged to be 'good' by Ofsted.

The Progress 8 score is also broken down by subject group:
- For English, the score has always been, and continues to be, high;
- For Maths, the progress score increased considerably in 2017 and is broadly average;
- The English Baccalaureate progress score is at the national average.

The area where our pupils perform less well in terms of their progress is the 'Open Element'. There are some 'tricks' that have been used by some schools to increase their score in this area. I would like to re-assure parents that we will continue to offer subjects in the 'Open Element' that are useful to your child, rather than some qualifications that are 'good for the school score' but do not increase your child's opportunities. We also continue to seek increased funding to allow us to fund a wider range of more vocational qualifications.

Unfortunately any measure of progress (against GCSE results) will always have flaws, which is why we do not consider only this measure when looking at individual pupil needs. There are other things that are important for a pupil to achieve whilst at high school and we were pleased to see the following quotes in the Ofsted report:
- "Pupils regularly apply for, and take, positions of responsibility";
- "Pastoral staff, teachers and leaders support pupils' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development well";
- "An extensive range of extra-curricular activities is well used by pupils";
- "The school provides good careers advice and guidance." (We are currently waiting for our Silver Accreditation Careers Information, Advice and Guidance) ;
- "The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is good";
- "Pupils are well-prepared for life in modern Britain";
- "Most pupils move on to courses at college or a sixth form, apprenticeships or employment with training". This is always well above local and national averages both for all pupils and for disadvantaged pupils.

Woodhey High School,
Bolton Road West,
Ramsbottom, Bury,
BL0 9QZ