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Schools: Poole

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Poole use (a) streaming and (b) setting. (151578)

This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 27 July 2007:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for reply.

You asked how many schools in Poole use a) streaming and b) setting.

In total, 19 primary schools in Poole parliamentary constituency were inspected between 1996/97 and 2005/06 (some have been inspected more than once during this period). Setting or streaming was observed in at least one lesson in 13 of these schools. In total, 2,684 lessons were observed in primary schools in Poole during this period. Of these lessons, 8% were either setted or streamed.

In total, 3 secondary schools in Poole parliamentary constituency were inspected between 1996/97 and 2005/06 (some have been inspected more than once during this period). Setting or streaming was observed in at least one lesson in all of these schools. In total, 1,015 lessons were observed in secondary schools in Poole during this period. Of these lessons 38% were either setted or streamed.

Some explanation of these figures may be helpful. Before September 2005, inspectors were usually informed about how classes were organised by means of pre-inspection documentation, discussion with headteachers or teachers' schemes of work or lesson plans. Under the inspection arrangements at that time, all full-time teachers were observed by inspectors. Since September 2005, the recording of class organisation has been based either on discussions with the headteacher or teacher by reference to the lesson plan at the time of observation. A much smaller number of lessons are observed than would have been seen under the previous inspection framework. Lessons seen may therefore not represent pupil grouping in the school as a whole.

Prior to 2003/2004 lessons were recorded as being setted, streamed, mixed ability or otherwise organised. For clarity, setting is the term used to describe the organisation of pupils in classes on the basis of their prior attainment in the particular subject being taught. The term banding, which is very similar to streaming, is used when the decision as to which pupils are included or not in a class is based on the prior attainment in a range of subjects.

From 2003/04 the distinction between streaming and setting was removed and instead data recorded on whether the class was mixed ability or setted/streamed.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

Primary schools inspected between 1996/97 and 2002/03

School name

Streamed lessons observed

Setted lessons observed

No streamed or setted lessons observed

Inspection year

Open/closed

Baden-Powell and St. Peter's Church of England Middle School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Baden-Powell and St. Peter's Church of England Middle School

Yes

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Branksome Heath Middle School

No

Yes

No

1999/2000

Open

Branksome Heath Middle School

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

Courthill First School

No

No

Yes

1998/99

Open

Hamworthy First School and Nursery

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Hamworthy First School and Nursery

No

No

Yes

1999/2000

Open

Hamworthy Middle School

No

Yes

No

1999/2000

Open

Hamworthy Middle School

No

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Heatherlands First School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Heatherlands First School

No

No

Yes

2002/03

Open

Lilliput Church of England Voluntary Controlled First School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Lilliput Church of England Voluntary Controlled First School

No

No

Yes

1999/2000

Open

Longfleet Church of England Voluntary Controlled Combined School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Longfleet Church of England Voluntary Controlled Combined School

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

Oakdale County Middle School

Yes

Yes

No

1997/98

Closed

Oakdale South Road Middle School

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

South Road Combined School

No

No

Yes

1997/98

Closed

St. Aldhelm's Church of England Voluntary Aided Combined School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

St Mary's Catholic Combined School, Poole

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Stanley Green First School

Yes

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Stanley Green First School

No

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

Sylvan First School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Sylvan First School

No

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Trinidad First School

No

No

Yes

1998/99

Closed

Turlin Moor Community First School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Turlin Moor Community First School

No

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

Turlin Moor Community Middle School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Turlin Moor Community Middle School

No

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

Primary schools inspected between 2003/04 and 2005/06

School name

Streamed or setted lessons observed

No streamed or setted lessons observed

Inspection year

Open/closed

Courthill First School

No

Yes

2004/05

Open

Hamworthy First School and Nursery

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Lilliput Church of England Voluntary Controlled First School

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Old Town First School and Nursery

No

Yes

2003/04

Open

St. Aldhelm's Church of England Voluntary Aided Combined School

Yes

No

2004/05

Open

St. Mary's Catholic Combined School, Poole

No

Yes

2004/05

Open

Sylvan First School

No

Yes

2004/05

Open

Turlin Moor Community First School

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Turlin Moor Community Middle School

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Secondary schools inspected between 1996/97 and 2002/03

School name

Streamed lessons observed

Setted lessons observed

No streamed or setted lessons observed

Inspection year

Open/closed

Carter Community College

Yes

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Carter Community College

Yes

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

Poole High School

Yes

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

St. Edward's Roman Catholic/Church of England School, Poole

Yes

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

St. Edward's Roman Catholic/Church of England School, Poole

No

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Secondary schools inspected between 2003/04 and 2005/06

School name

Streamed or setted lessons observed

No streamed or setted lessons observed

Inspection year

Open/closed

Poole High School

Yes

No

2003/04

Open