Chris Hobson was appointed in 2010 as Headteacher of the Hatfield and Hartley Brook Primary Trust (HBH), a federation of two primaries based in North Sheffield aiming for significant school improvement.
The Trust has started using SIMS for detailed monitoring of pupil progress, attendance and behaviour, and to put together pupil reports.
To tackle low attendance, both schools now take the register electronically and can make calls to parents by 9:15 in the morning. Chris comments: “This has improved attendance phenomenally, increasing from 90.9 per cent in June 2011 to 94.1 per cent in June 2012 at Hartley Brook.”
Using SIMS to monitor pupil progress helps teaching staff better understand the learning requirements of each child. Teachers are alerted to specific problems as the data highlights underperformance, allowing them to put appropriate learning strategies in place and then track progress. Staff in year six and the foundation stage use the data to help target pupils with specific learning needs. In Hatfield, this has helped lead to 96% of children making at least two levels of progress from Level 2 in English since year two, and 100% in maths. Similarly at Hartley Brook, this is now 96% in English and 91% in maths.
Chris summarises how the opportunity for change provided by the partnership has driven up results across the board: “Standards have risen rapidly with both schools receiving the ‘most improved in the city’ award, and this year’s SATs results are excellent. Over 78 per cent of pupils in both schools achieved Level 4 or above in maths and English, which is a vast improvement since 2010 when both schools were achieving well below the national average.”
The above has been taken from Better together, an article on Hatfield and Hartley Brook Primary Trust by Headteacher, Chris Hobson.