Mystery surrounds retesting at Rogerstone school

South Wales Argus: Mystery surrounds retesting at Rogerstone Primary School, Newport Mystery surrounds retesting at Rogerstone Primary School, Newport

A NEWPORT primary school has changed its procedures after concerns were raised over how it conducts national tests.

Rogerstone Primary School’s headteacher Samantha Yeoman has confirmed questions have been asked over how new national tests were conducted.

She said the school’s results were verified following a review, but a letter to parents states further testing will take place under revised procedures.

Newport council says it considers the matter closed, but the Argus understands one city councillor wants a more thorough investigation.

Compulsory Welsh national reading and numeracy tests were introduced for the first time for six to 14-year-olds in May in a bid to raise standards.

Mrs Yeoman’s letter to parents at the school acknowledges “questions have been asked about the way in which national tests have been conducted”.

It adds that, following internal and external moderation, which included the South East Wales Education Service, results from the national tests have been verified.

But Mrs Yeoman wrote that Year 1-6 pupils will be taking further English and Maths tests different to the national tests in the next few weeks.

Those tests would be held under “revised testing procedures following a school testing evaluation”.

The Argus asked Newport council why the school was revising its testing procedures, but it has not been given an answer.

Newport City Council and Rogerstone Primary School took the concerns raised about the national tests very seriously,” a joint statement from the two bodies said.

“The tests were subjected to rigorous and independent external moderation, including the Education Achievement Service for South East Wales.

“The school and the council now consider the matter closed and there will be no further comment.”

The Argus understands that Rogerstone councillor Chris Evans, who has been contacted by a number of concerned parents, would like to see a more through investigation at the school.

Thanking parents for coming forward, Mr Evans said he has raised concerns at the “highest levels”.

His ward colleague Cllr Tom Bond said: “Rogerstone Primary is a great school with excellent staff.

“To make sure parents have continued confidence it is is important that all concerns are looked into fully.”

A Welsh Government spokesman said officials in Cardiff are “aware of the matter which we’ve referred to the local authority and regional consortium for investigation”.

“We await their final report,” he added.

Parents want test clarification

PARENTS raised worries about events at Rogerstone Primary School at a neighbourhood committee meeting last week.

One parent told the meeting that the letter sent over national tests was unclear, saying: “We have issues with regards to Rogerstone Primary School and tests that have been done.

“The school sent home a letter but I don’t think any of the parents understand the letter. We just want to know what’s happening?”

Another parent at the meeting said he was very happy with the education his son was getting at the school.

● Are you are a concerned parent at Rogerstone Primary School? Call David Deans on 01633 777248 or e-mail david.deans@southwalesargus.co.uk

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7:58am Wed 26 Jun 13

Bobevans says...

This seems to be another cover up.They are common in the public sector

At the very least a reason should be given as to why this has happened. It has to indicate some kind of failing
This seems to be another cover up.They are common in the public sector At the very least a reason should be given as to why this has happened. It has to indicate some kind of failing Bobevans

10:04am Wed 26 Jun 13

Mr Newport says...

People are making some serious comments/allegations here - there is a process to follow if you have an issue take it in writing to the Governing Body - they are obliged to investigate and follow-up. If this doesn't have any effect take it to the local authority. This is not an appropriate forum to air these issues and is not doing the school any favours.
People are making some serious comments/allegations here - there is a process to follow if you have an issue take it in writing to the Governing Body - they are obliged to investigate and follow-up. If this doesn't have any effect take it to the local authority. This is not an appropriate forum to air these issues and is not doing the school any favours. Mr Newport

2:11pm Wed 26 Jun 13

Big Rob1 says...

Mr Newport, People have been posting their children's experiences of the national tests at Rogerstone School. Most parents know what has gone on and any who don't know should ask their children what they experienced during the testing. My post was removed and I simply posted facts, not allegations, which I can back up with evidence.
Mr Newport, People have been posting their children's experiences of the national tests at Rogerstone School. Most parents know what has gone on and any who don't know should ask their children what they experienced during the testing. My post was removed and I simply posted facts, not allegations, which I can back up with evidence. Big Rob1

2:43pm Wed 26 Jun 13

Concerned partner says...

Big Rob1,

Totally agree.
Big Rob1, Totally agree. Concerned partner

8:19pm Wed 26 Jun 13

Mr Newport says...

I have no connection with this school. My point is that there are appropriate channels to raise your serious concerns.
That route is Governing Body, Local Authority and ultimately Welsh Assembly Government. If you are not happy with the current outcome from the school and local authority take your concerns to the WAG rather than the Argus.
I have no connection with this school. My point is that there are appropriate channels to raise your serious concerns. That route is Governing Body, Local Authority and ultimately Welsh Assembly Government. If you are not happy with the current outcome from the school and local authority take your concerns to the WAG rather than the Argus. Mr Newport

8:38pm Wed 26 Jun 13

Concerned partner says...

Mr Newport,

Thank you for your comments.

This is local news for the public, this is not a witch hunt but a channel to express opinions about something close to our loved ones, as mentioned you have no connection.

This is one more thing in the catalogue of errors that have been swepted under the carpet.

As the heading states "Mystery" which is always the case.

Thank you for your guidance on the route to escalate concerns but as previously mentioned there is a lack of faith.
Mr Newport, Thank you for your comments. This is local news for the public, this is not a witch hunt but a channel to express opinions about something close to our loved ones, as mentioned you have no connection. This is one more thing in the catalogue of errors that have been swepted under the carpet. As the heading states "Mystery" which is always the case. Thank you for your guidance on the route to escalate concerns but as previously mentioned there is a lack of faith. Concerned partner

10:57pm Wed 26 Jun 13

Local resident Rogi says...

As a parent of children who have passed through the school and also having a child currently in the school ,I am concerned to hear the stories my child and her friends have stated regarding how they were tested.

I put my children through the school because of the reputation the previous head teacher had, I fear that the good work has now been tarnished.

The poor communication from the school has left a lot of concerned parents in limbo. Surely further investigation is needed as our children's accounts differ massively from what the school has stated
As a parent of children who have passed through the school and also having a child currently in the school ,I am concerned to hear the stories my child and her friends have stated regarding how they were tested. I put my children through the school because of the reputation the previous head teacher had, I fear that the good work has now been tarnished. The poor communication from the school has left a lot of concerned parents in limbo. Surely further investigation is needed as our children's accounts differ massively from what the school has stated Local resident Rogi

8:52pm Thu 27 Jun 13

tanyparc says...

As grandparents we are very concerned about the extra pressure being put on the children because of the actions of the head teacher. This is surely not giving the school, which had a wonderful reputation, the right image for the future.
As grandparents we are very concerned about the extra pressure being put on the children because of the actions of the head teacher. This is surely not giving the school, which had a wonderful reputation, the right image for the future. tanyparc

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