Lo­cal pupils beat na­tional av­er­age

Schools ex­cel in cur­ricu­lum as­sess­ments

Rutherglen Reformer - - Special Feature - Liz Ley­don

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang pupils are among those achiev­ing above na­tional lev­els in Cur­ricu­lum for Ex­cel­lence (CfE) as­sess­ments, prov­ing hard work re­ally does pay off.

Staff and pupils are ris­ing to and above the chal­lenges of the CfE, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sta­tis­tics.

The 2016/17 fig­ures show a year-on-year im­prove­ment in CfE as­sess­ments in lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy cat­e­gories for pupils in P1, P4, P7 and S3 through­out the area.

Coun­cil­lor Katy Loudon, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil chair­woman of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources, told the Reformer: “These fig­ures are very en­cour­ag­ing and are only to be wel­comed. Our pupils’ achieve­ments are tes­ta­ment to their hard work, and that of our school staff.”

The Cam­bus­lang East rep­re­sen­ta­tive added: “Set­ting a pupil’s per­sonal progress against ex­pected Cur­ricu­lum for Ex­cel­lence lev­els at these four key stages from pri­mary one to S3 of­fers South La­nark­shire schools a pow­er­ful tool to help track progress as chil­dren de­velop.”

Tony McDaid, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources, said: “We are de­lighted to see the pos­i­tive progress be­ing made by our schools in tak­ing for­ward our com­mit­ment to im­prove stan­dards in lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy, and in clos­ing the poverty-re­lated gap be­tween the most and least dis­ad­van­taged.

“Our schools in the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen ar­eas will con­tinue to en­sure eq­uity of op­por­tu­nity for all pupils to be­come hap­pier, health­ier young peo­ple who are thriv­ing and achiev­ing their po­ten­tial.”

Fig­ures avail­able on the three lo­cal au­thor­ity se­condary schools – Cathkin, Stonelaw and Trin­ity – show S3 pupil per­for­mance in lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy be­ing main­tained, and in many cases, dra­mat­i­cally im­proved.

Fig­ures on Cathkin High in­di­cate a dra­matic im­prove­ment from the pre­vi­ous year, with the per­cent­age of S3 pupils achiev­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions up by as much as 20 per cent in some cat­e­gories.

At Trin­ity High, pupils achiev­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion at S3 are up 10 per cent in three cat­e­gories and main­tained at the pre­vi­ous year’s lev­els in the fourth.

Trin­ity head­teacher Peter Bollen was heart­ened by his school’s per­for­mance.

He en­thused:“The en­tire school can be pleased with the work that has been put in. Work­ing along­side other col­leagues at other schools, we are happy to have con­trib­uted to the strong per­for­mance of South La­nark­shire.”

Mr Bollen ex­plained that a strong em­pha­sis on lit­er­acy played a part in the suc­cess of Trin­ity pupils.

“It has been all about tak­ing steps to cre­ate a cul­ture of read­ing and then en­ter­ing into the de­bates around it,” he said.

“We started at Trin­ity with the novel Won­der that was read by the en­tire school, in­clud­ing staff. Next came the very top­i­cal My Sis­ter Lives On The Man­tel­piece, with a ter­ror­ism theme, for S1 to S3 and a visit by the au­thor, Annabel Pitcher.”

The head teacher added that the while the pub­li­ca­tion of the assess­ment fig­ures is rel­a­tively new, they have been used as a guide in­ter­nally for a num­ber of years.

Of the 18 pri­mary schools in the area, shin­ing stars in­cluded Cairns Pri­mary in Half­way – which im­proved in two of the four cri­te­ria ar­eas for its pri­mary one, four and seven pupils com­bined; and St An­thony’s Pri­mary, which main­tained its 2015/2016 fig­ures for the same class groups.

Mr McDaid added: “As well as rais­ing at­tain­ment, our schools do ex­cel­lent work in sup­port­ing young peo­ple’s health and well­be­ing, and our teach­ers and staff have been work­ing hard over the last year in mod­er­at­ing and as­sess­ing the work of pupils whilst de­vel­op­ing their in­ter­ests in read­ing, writ­ing, and nu­mer­acy.”

De­lighted Ed­u­ca­tion boss Tony McDaid

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