2014, February: The Grattan Institute (Melbourne): “Turning around schools- it can be done” (Dr Ben Jensen).
Dr Jensen’s research identified four cases in Australia where the schools had turned around their results. Ellenbrook Primary School was selected because of the improvement in its students’ results over the last six years. Justine Ferrari from The Australian newspaper was impressed that we had brought about the change by changing the way our teachers teach. The graphs (below) show this improvement but the point that I make is that improvement takes a constant effort. Because the intakes of students change constantly our teaching staff can never rest on their laurels.
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These graphs (below) demonstrate the progress our students have made compared to students in similar schools. The growth in learning has been excellent and tribute is paid to our hardworking teaching and learning staff.
It is interesting that adding the school’s Departmentally calculated standard deviations of the tested means we were ranked as 8/166 public schools, in the Metro North District, which puts the school on the 95th percentile.
Ellenbrook Primary School
NAPLAN Progress 2009– 2013
Grammar and Punctuation Graph
Numeracy Progress Graph
Reading Progress Graph
Spelling Progress Graph
Writing Progress Graph
On November 13th, 2014, Ms Rita Saffioti (MLA, West Swan) spoke to the Assembly about the brilliant learning that is taking place at Ellenbrook Primary School.