Kent: Schools all about "Improvement, Improvement, Improvement"

John Kent is a governor at Thameside Primary, which saw significant improvements.

John Kent is a governor at Thameside Primary, which saw significant improvements.

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PRIMARY schools in Thurrock are now performing above the national average, the leader of the council has announced.

Councillor John Kent congratulated the borough’s primaries for finally closing the gap between Thurrock pupils achieving the expected level in reading, writing and arithmetic at Key Stage Two and the national average.

Last year’s results saw only 72.3 per cent of pupils achieve the Level Four standard but this year’s results saw a massive improvement with 76.8 per cent making the grade – the national average is 75 per cent.

Councillor Kent did not attempt to hide his delight at the results and even referenced Tony Blair’s famous 1997 election slogan on schooling.

He said: “It always give me pleasure to report good news in this way.

“Somebody once said his priorities were Education, Education, Education.

“Here in Thurrock our priorities should be Improvement, Improvement, Improvement - and it’s great to see that’s happening.”

He also singled out some particularly well-performing schools such as Benyon Primary, which has increased the number of pupils attaining Level Four and above from 42 per cent to 70.4 per cent; Stifford Clays Primary from 60.7 per cent to 82.6 per cent; Horndon-on-the-Hill from 68 per cent to 89 per cent and Thameside Primary, where he serves as a governor - from 58 per cent to 76 per cent.

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1:51pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Dave_ says...

I wonder how dull Years 5 and 6 are and or will become for 9-11 year olds as they are forced to make schools look good. No one outside of moronic box tickers, Primary schools, idiots and politicians take the blindest bit of notice of SATS results. Yet from these results I wouldn't mind betting that the kids the schools mentioned and others have been 'coached' in and latterly doing umpteen past papers to practice. A neighbour of said her son spent from January to Easter doing SATS preparation when he was in Year 6. If OFSTED were doing a proper job they'd use how much time is spent in preparing for exams/tests, but they are useless and head the list of the result is everything muppets. I would suggest this one step up from what we read in history where children were maltreated to make adults look good.
We have stopped educating our children, instead they are subjected to round after round of dehumanising tests so they can be put into boxes and treated accordingly by supposedly well educated adults who you hope would should know better. I am really glad I was born when I was, as being born in the last 30 years life is, until you hit 18/19, pretty uninspiring as it's dominated by school and their all consuming worshipping of the result.
I wonder how dull Years 5 and 6 are and or will become for 9-11 year olds as they are forced to make schools look good. No one outside of moronic box tickers, Primary schools, idiots and politicians take the blindest bit of notice of SATS results. Yet from these results I wouldn't mind betting that the kids the schools mentioned and others have been 'coached' in and latterly doing umpteen past papers to practice. A neighbour of said her son spent from January to Easter doing SATS preparation when he was in Year 6. If OFSTED were doing a proper job they'd use how much time is spent in preparing for exams/tests, but they are useless and head the list of the result is everything muppets. I would suggest this one step up from what we read in history where children were maltreated to make adults look good. We have stopped educating our children, instead they are subjected to round after round of dehumanising tests so they can be put into boxes and treated accordingly by supposedly well educated adults who you hope would should know better. I am really glad I was born when I was, as being born in the last 30 years life is, until you hit 18/19, pretty uninspiring as it's dominated by school and their all consuming worshipping of the result. Dave_
  • Score: -5

3:45pm Sun 27 Jul 14

E.C.M. says...

Dave_ wrote:
I wonder how dull Years 5 and 6 are and or will become for 9-11 year olds as they are forced to make schools look good. No one outside of moronic box tickers, Primary schools, idiots and politicians take the blindest bit of notice of SATS results. Yet from these results I wouldn't mind betting that the kids the schools mentioned and others have been 'coached' in and latterly doing umpteen past papers to practice. A neighbour of said her son spent from January to Easter doing SATS preparation when he was in Year 6. If OFSTED were doing a proper job they'd use how much time is spent in preparing for exams/tests, but they are useless and head the list of the result is everything muppets. I would suggest this one step up from what we read in history where children were maltreated to make adults look good. We have stopped educating our children, instead they are subjected to round after round of dehumanising tests so they can be put into boxes and treated accordingly by supposedly well educated adults who you hope would should know better. I am really glad I was born when I was, as being born in the last 30 years life is, until you hit 18/19, pretty uninspiring as it's dominated by school and their all consuming worshipping of the result.
I totally agree Dave!

Just imagine all the supportive intervention that has been invested in these schools, just to improve results.

Teaching to the test, revision classes (morning, noon & night) boost sessions, 1:1 mentoring etc, etc. and all at the expense of depriving children (cos that’s what they are) of play time, fun activities, school trips and P.E. extra curricular events! It’s scandalous what these ‘Examination Factories’ are getting away with!

All these ‘add-ons’ are not sustainable and go way and above normal classroom practise!

This is shocking; and it is dangerous. Education has lost the plot and it urgently needs to rediscover its core purpose!
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: I wonder how dull Years 5 and 6 are and or will become for 9-11 year olds as they are forced to make schools look good. No one outside of moronic box tickers, Primary schools, idiots and politicians take the blindest bit of notice of SATS results. Yet from these results I wouldn't mind betting that the kids the schools mentioned and others have been 'coached' in and latterly doing umpteen past papers to practice. A neighbour of said her son spent from January to Easter doing SATS preparation when he was in Year 6. If OFSTED were doing a proper job they'd use how much time is spent in preparing for exams/tests, but they are useless and head the list of the result is everything muppets. I would suggest this one step up from what we read in history where children were maltreated to make adults look good. We have stopped educating our children, instead they are subjected to round after round of dehumanising tests so they can be put into boxes and treated accordingly by supposedly well educated adults who you hope would should know better. I am really glad I was born when I was, as being born in the last 30 years life is, until you hit 18/19, pretty uninspiring as it's dominated by school and their all consuming worshipping of the result.[/p][/quote]I totally agree Dave! Just imagine all the supportive intervention that has been invested in these schools, just to improve results. Teaching to the test, revision classes (morning, noon & night) boost sessions, 1:1 mentoring etc, etc. and all at the expense of depriving children (cos that’s what they are) of play time, fun activities, school trips and P.E. extra curricular events! It’s scandalous what these ‘Examination Factories’ are getting away with! All these ‘add-ons’ are not sustainable and go way and above normal classroom practise! This is shocking; and it is dangerous. Education has lost the plot and it urgently needs to rediscover its core purpose! E.C.M.
  • Score: -3

11:47pm Sun 27 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

I thought most of the schools in Thurrock were opting out of local authority control and becoming academies. Thurrock Council has no control over them but still claims credit when they do good.
I thought most of the schools in Thurrock were opting out of local authority control and becoming academies. Thurrock Council has no control over them but still claims credit when they do good. poortaxpayer
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