Harrow primary schools – mixed performance!

school-sign-jpg-galleryWhile Harrow primary schools are doing well against the national benchmarks overall, there are significant variations in the performance of the schools.
The primary (key stage 2) results announced this week show big gaps. For example, 90 percent of pupils meeting the expected standard at a top school and only 28 percent at the lower end, against the 53 percent national average for all schools.
Majority of the schools are above but fourteen percent below the expected standards.
Similarly the percentage of pupils achieving at a higher standard varies between 24 and 1 percent where 18 percent are below the national average (5%).
With some variations, Harrow average of disadvantage pupils meeting the expected standard (47%) is higher than the national picture (39%).
No surprise about such variations as the narrowing the gap in the achievements – both at the pupil and school levels – has remained a big challenge for Harrow.
The well organised Harrow School Improvement Partnership (HSIP) works well to ensure that schools in Harrow have access to high quality, locally available school improvement provision but there is a limit to what they can do under the available resources – only 5 active advisers and barely adequate budget.
Further implication is the increasing government demands on the schools to do more and more with a shrinking budget.
Added to this, schools are set to lose further money from their budgets as a result of the government’s new funding formula.
Under the government’s recently announced proposals, more than 9,000 schools in England will lose funding, with money moving from London and other urban centres that have been well funded in the past to schools in areas that receive less money.
Already about one third of Harrow Primary schools are below the national income per pupil (£4,732) – sum of grant funding and self generated income.