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Teaching Methods: Gravesend

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Gravesham use (a) streaming and (b) setting. (149304)

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 Gravesham use (a) streaming and (b) setting.

In total, 30 primary schools in Gravesham were inspected between 1 September 1996 and 31 August 2006 (some have been inspected more than once during this period). Setting or streaming was observed in at least one lesson in 11 of these schools. In total, 3,892 lessons were observed in primary schools in Gravesham during this period. Of these lessons, 7 per cent. were either setted or streamed.

In total, eight secondary schools in Gravesham were inspected between 1 September 1996 and 31 August 2006 (some have been inspected more than once during this period). Setting or streaming was observed in at least one lesson in all eight of these schools. In total, 2,221 lessons were observed in secondary schools in Gravesham during this period. Of these lessons 28 per cent. 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 2003-04 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

Cecil Road Primary and Nursery School

No

No

Yes

2000

Open

Chantry Primary School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Chantry Primary School

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

Cobham Primary School

No

No

Yes

1998/99

Open

Culverstone Green Primary School

No

No

Yes

1997/98

Open

Culverstone Green Primary School

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

Dover Road Community Primary School

Yes

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Dover Road Community Primary School

No

Yes

No

2003/03

Open

Higham Primary School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Higham Primary School

No

Yes

No

2003/03

Open

Holy Trinity Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Istead Rise Primary School

No

No

Yes

1997/98

Open

Kings Farm Primary School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Kings Farm Primary School

No

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

Lawn Primary School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Lawn Primary School

No

No

Yes

2000

Open

Meopham Community Primary School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Northcourt Primary School

Yes

Yes

No

1996/97

Closed

Northcourt Primary School

No

No

Yes

2002/03

Closed

Painters Ash Primary School

No

No

Yes

1998/99

Open

Raynehurst Infant School and Nursery

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Closed

Raynehurst Infant School and Nursery

No

Yes

No

2000

Closed

Raynehurst Junior School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Closed

Riverview Infant School

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

Riverview Junior School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Rosherville Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Rosherville Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

Yes

Yes

No

2000

Open

Shears Green Infant School

No

No

Yes

1997/98

Open

Shears Green Infant School

No

No

Yes

2002/03

Open

Shears Green Junior School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Shears Green Junior School

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

Shorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Shorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

No

No

Yes

2000

Open

Singlewell Primary School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Singlewell Primary School

No

No

Yes

2003/03

Open

St Botolph's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

St Botolph's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

St John's Catholic Primary School, Gravesend

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

St John's Catholic Primary School, Gravesend

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Northfleet

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Northfleet

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

Vigo Village School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Vigo Village School

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

Vigo Village School

No

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Westcourt Primary School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Westcourt Primary School

Yes

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

Whitehill Infants' and Nursery School

No

No

Yes

2001/02

Closed

Whitehill Junior School

Yes

Yes

No

1997/98

Closed

Wrotham Road Primary School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

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

Cecil Road Primary and Nursery School

Yes

No

2005/06

Open

Cobham Primary School

No

Yes

2003/04

Open

Dover Road Community Primary School

Yes

No

2004/05

Open

Higham Primary School

No

Yes

2004/05

Open

Holy Trinity Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Yes

No

2004/05

Open

Istead Rise Primary School

No

Yes

2003/04

Open

Kings Farm Primary School

Yes

No

2005/06

Open

Lawn Primary School

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Meopham Community Primary School

No

Yes

2004/05

Open

Painters Ash Primary School

No

Yes

2003/04

Open

Raynehurst Infant School and Nursery

No

Yes

2005/06

Closed

Raynehurst Junior School

Yes

No

2003/04

Closed

Riverview Junior School

Yes

No

2004/05

Open

Rosherville Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Northfleet

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Whitehill Junior School

Yes

No

2003/04

Closed

Wrotham Road Primary School

No

Yes

2003/04

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

Gravesend Grammar School

Yes

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Gravesend Grammar School

No

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Gravesend Grammar School for Girls

Yes

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Gravesend Grammar School for Girls

Yes

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Meopham School

No

Yes

No

2000

Open

Northfleet School for Girls

No

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

Northfleet Technology College

Yes

Yes

No

Autumn 1999

Open

Saint George’s Church of England School

Yes

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

St John's Catholic Comprehensive

Yes

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

St John's Catholic Comprehensive

Yes

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Thamesview School

Yes

Yes

No

2000

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

Meopham School

Yes

No

2005/06

Open

St John's Catholic Comprehensive

Yes

No

2004/05

Open

Thamesview School

Yes

No

2004/05

Open