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Flying Bull

Governor's visit to Year 6

On Thursday 14th April, I visited The Flying Bull Academy to observe the Year 6 teachers and senior leaders scrutinise the quality of work and progress of the cohort. I was particularly interested to see how the team managed under the pressure of working within the controversial interim framework for key stage 2 assessment.

I'd just like to summarise a few key points that I think parents, carers and governors would find interesting:

First, the format of the day (both teams working together) was refreshing and satisfying as it led to a comfortable, open dialogue. There was also an English specialist from the trust for the beginning of the session, who provided some important insight as to some critical details for improvement, important in the academy's pursuit of becoming outstanding. The Year 6 teachers essentially led the session, reading examples of written work from children of mixed abilities. I thought that the writing that year 6 had done was of an obviously high standard across the board. The meeting also featured important philosophical conversation around 'good work' versus 'work that meets government requirements' (the notable example of one child who will miss out on 'deeper learning' because she doesn't loop her 'y'). This part of the session provided time for the year 6 teachers to focus and sound out their fears, and be reassured of the quality and breadth of their teaching, especially when the academic climate is so uncertain.

The latter part of the day involved looking at every individual child in year 6, documenting a prediction of how they are likely to be graded in core subjects under the interim framework, and assess their current provision. This careful approach meant that there was a detailed conversation about every child, and we were able to see their previous predictions and an updated one, giving a clear predicted level of progress and discuss what extra resourcing could be applied for children to further their chance of meeting the milestone if their work was near a borderline.


I want to say thanks for letting me attend. Finally, good luck for the SATS year 6!