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Education Support Centre

Outcomes

Student Outcomes Report  2016 - 2017

Context/Year 11 Cohort 2016-17

  • The majority of the year 11 cohort were in the lowest third nationally at KS2 and thus had difficulty accessing the curriculum.
  • At the point of admission the majority of students have regressed from their KS2 assessments due to an inability to access the curriculum – their social and emotional issues have stopped them from engaging in learning, their mental health or addiction issues have resulted in them both disengaging from the curriculum but also from accepted local community life.
  • The twin track provision at NHESC puts equal emphasis on stabilising the students’ social emotional and mental health issues as it does the academic development.
  • Students can be on roll at NHESC from a few months to two years and each student progresses with their SEMH at a different rate, changes in behaviour take time but the hope is that we stabilise them enough to enable them to access their learning.
  • Year 11 students’ attendance was 19% better than their mainstream percentage attendance
  • 76% of Year 11 students’ attendance progressed from their mainstream attendance 
  • The behaviour of 94% of Year 11 students improved
  • 90% of Year 11 leavers went onto education employment or training.

Definition and Scope of Progress

On admission to NHESC the following is taken into consideration in order to assess each student’s starting point/ their Working At Grade on entry for every subject;

  • Working At Grades from the mainstream school
  • KS2 assessment scores
  • Social emotional mental health needs
  • Attendance figures
  • NHESC base line assesses in literacy and numeracy using nationally recognised base line assessments.

A Working At Grade on entry is established.

Each subject then decides on target grade, on how much progress the individual student is capable of making by the time of the exams in summer of Year 11.

Each term the progress made from the student’s starting point is reported on to both parents/carers and the mainstream school/outside agency

Overall the 2016/17 Year 11 cohort was challenging in that at Key Stage 2, 68% of our students achieved National Curriculum Levels of 2 or 3 in Maths and 61% achieved National Curriculum Levels of 2 or 3 in English. Students at this level are considered to be below the level required to successfully access the National Curriculum. This figure is steadily rising year on year and is an indication of the increasingly challenging nature of the work we do. Combine with this the fact that they all lack life experiences which in turn are a blocker to them developing their vocabulary and an understanding of many life situations and events and therefore this becomes a major hurdle to overcome if they are to progress with literacy. Hence the twin track approach at NHESC which aims to develop every students social emotional behavioural skills alongside their academic expanding their life experiences, producing effective local citizens and giving them a step in right direction academically. Lifelong learning journey is reignited at NHESC.

Qualifications at the NHESC

Students at NHESC are offered the opportunity to gain the following qualifications, depending on programme, options and ability:

  • English: GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills
  • Maths: GCSE, Entry Level, Functional Skills
  • Science: Biology GCSE,
  • ICT: Cambridge Nationals, Level 1 or Level 2, Functional Skills
  • Leisure and Tourism: GCSE
  • Enterprise: OCR Level 1 and Level 2 Award in Understanding Business Enterprise
  • Sport: Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport, BTEC Entry 3/Level 1 in Sport and Active Leisure
  • PE/ODP: AQA Awards
  • Art: GSCE, Arts Council Arts Award
  • Music: Arts Council Arts Award, AQA Awards
  • Construction: Edexcel Level 1 BTEC Introductory Award/Certificate in Construction
  • Catering: GCSE, BTEC Level 1 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, CIEH Level 2, Certificate in Food Safety
  • Mechanics: ABC Awards Entry Level 3/Level 1 Award/Certificate in Motor Vehicle Studies, City & Guilds Entry Level 3 or Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics,
  • Hair and Beauty: City & Guilds Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma in ‘An Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector’
  • Saddle Up: AQA Awards in Basic Horse Riding Skills
  • Right Trax: NOCN Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development

Year 11 Cohort Summer 2017

Overview of English – according to who studied the qualification

Programme

GCSE Grades 9 - 1

GCSE Grades 9 – 4

English Entry Level

Onsite 22 students

100%

(10 out of 10)

10%

(1 out of 10)

55%

(12 out of 22)

NHAS 8 students

100%

(1 out of 1)

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87.5%

(7 out of 8)

Bridge 29 3 students

100%

(3 out of 3)

67%

(2 out of 3)

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  • 3 students gained an English GCSE at Grade 4.
  • 5 students gained an English GCSE at Grade 3.
  • 43% (14 out of 33) of our total number of Yr11 students gained an English GCSE as their highest English qualification.
  • 57% (19 out of 33) of our total number of Yr11 students gained Entry Level English as their highest English qualification
  • 100% of our Year 11 students gained an appropriate qualification in English.
  • 94% made progress in English
  • 64% made more than expected progress in English

Overview of Maths - according to who studied the qualification                                                                   

Programme

GCSE Grades 9 - 1

GCSE Grades 9 – 4

Maths Entry Level

On Site 22 students

93%

(12 out of 13)

0%

(0 out of 13)

45%

(10 out of 22)

NHAS 8 students

100%

(2 out of 2)

50%

(1 out of 2)

75%

(6 out of 8)

Bridge 29 3 students

100%

(2 out of 2)

50%

(1 out of 2)

33%

(1 out of 3)

  • 2 students achieved a Maths GCSE at Grade 4
  • 1 student gained a Maths GCSE at Grade 3
  • 6 students gained a Maths GCSE at Grade 2
  • 7 students gained a Maths GCSE at Grade 1
  • 100% of our Year 11 students gained an appropriate qualification in Maths.
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  • 48% (16 out of 33) of Yr11 students gained a Maths GCSE as their highest Maths qualification.
  • 52% (17 out of 33) of Yr11 students gained a Maths Entry level as their highest qualification.
  • 85% made progress in Maths
  • 55% made more than expected progress in Maths

Overview of GCSEs 2016- 2017

What Went Well

  • 100% of Yr11 students gained an English and Maths qualification.
  • 89% (9 out of 10) of Yr11 students studying Biology or Science gained a GCSE qualification in either Biology or Science.
  • 89% made progress in Science/Biology
  • 100% (11 out of 11) of Yr11 students studying Catering gained a GCSE qualification A* to G.  2 students gaining a Catering GCSE at grade C.
  • 91% made progress in GCSE Catering
  • 100% (4 out of 4) of Yr11 students studying ICT Cambridge Nationals gained a GCSE equivalent qualification A* to C.  1 student gaining a grade C and 3 students gaining a grade D.
  • 94% made progress in ICT
  • 100% (2 out of 2) of Yr11 students studying Art gained a GCSE.
  • 100% progressed in Art GCSE
  • 75% (3 out of 4) of Yr11 students studying Leisure and Tourism GCSE gained a GCSE
  • 2 students gained 5 GCSEs
  • 3 students gained 4 GCSEs
  • 7 students gained 3 GCSEs
  • 4 students gained 2 GCSEs
  • 7 students gained 1 GCSE

Even Better If

  • It would be good to see 100% of Yr11 students studying Leisure and Tourism GCSE gained the qualification. 
  • It would be good to see 100% of the Yr11 students studying Science, gaining an appropriate Science qualification. 
  • To continue with 100% of students gaining an appropriate Maths and English qualification.
  • To introduce the Functional Skills L1 in English.

Overview of Other Qualifications 2016- 2017

What Went Well

  • 95% (22 out of 23) Yr11 students achieved an ICT qualification; 18% of Yr11 students gained a GCSE equivalent Cambridge Nationals qualification and 82% achieving an ICT Functional Skill at Entry Level 3.
  • 100% (9 out of 9) of Yr11 students studying Construction achieved the Level 1 BTEC qualification. 4 students achieving the Certificate and 5 students achieving the Award.
  • 100% (4 out of 4) of Yr11 students studying Level 1 Sport BTEC achieved the qualification. 2 students achieving the Certificate and 2 students achieving the Award.
  • 100% (5 out of 5) of Yr11 students studying the Level 1 City and Guilds Hair & Beauty qualification achieved a Certificate. 
  • 100% (6 out of 6) of Yr11 students studying Mechanics achieved the ABC Entry Level 3 qualification. 2 student achieving the Certificate and 4 students achieving the Award.
  • 100% (7 out of 7) of Yr11 students studying the Enterprise Award achieved the qualification. 4 students gained the Award at Level 1, 3 students gained the Award at Level 2 and I student gained the Award at Level 3.
  • 100% (8 out of 8) of Yr11 students studying Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering achieved the qualification.
  • 6 Yr11 students achieved an Arts Council Bronze Arts Award.
  • 1 Yr11 student achieved a Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) Bronze Award with others achieving Unit Awards.
  • 100% (9 out of 9) of Yr11 students achieved Basic Horse Riding Skills AQA Unit Awards through our Saddle Up provision.
  • 2 Yr11 student achieved NOCN Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development Level 1 Certificate through our Right Trax provision.

Even Better If

  • In vocational subjects, we need to ensure that any Units achieved above Certificate level, gained working towards a Diploma are claimed for. 
  • To aim for more students gaining D of E Bronze Award as this will be our second year of running this qualification.
  • To aim for 75% of all students who is working on an Arts Award, to achieve this qualification as this will be our second year of running this qualification as a timetabled curriculum area.
  • 100% of students gaining an ICT qualification: improving 5% from 95%.
  • All NHAS and Bridge 29 students working towards gaining a qualification in ICT.