According to Ofsted, the quality of teaching, and pupils’ progress and achievement in Years 7, 8 and 9 are not good enough. These weaknesses, they say, reflect a general lack of priority given to Key Stage 3 by many school leaders. This course offers help and advice on how to lead Years 7, 8 and 9 in order to ensure that the 3 years of a child’s education that constitute Key Stage 3 do not prove to be time wasted during which the attainment gap is allowed to widen, but are instead fruitful, enjoyable and rewarding.
Improving Pupil Progress in Years 7, 8 and 9
Closing the gap in Key Stage 3 and laying a firm foundation for achievement in Key Stage 4
- Make Key Stage 3 a higher priority in all aspects of school planning, monitoring and evaluation
- Ensure the curriculum offer at Key Stage 3 is broad and balanced
- Improve transition from Key Stage 2 to 3 so that it focuses as much on pupils’ academic needs as it does on their pastoral needs
- Make sure systems and procedures for assessing and monitoring pupils’ progress in Key Stage 3 are robust
- Ensure homework helps pupils to make good progress; and develop literacy and numeracy strategies that ensure pupils build on their prior attainment in Key Stage 2 in these crucial areas