The effect of CCI on attainment of level 5 in key stage 2 science SATs
50 schools were sampled from the Humber and West Yorkshire region (including Bradford) to ascertain the possible influence of CCI on the children's ability to reach level 5 in the science key stage 2 SATs. The SATs results in 2004 were compared with those obtained in 2003. The sample included all the schools in this region where an advisory teacher visited between September 2003 and July 2004. Schools excluded were those that had fewer than 10 pupils taking the SAT test and schools with previous experience of the CCI project.
The following results were obtained. For all schools sampled, the percentage of children attaining level 5 increased from 33.5% in 2003 to 37.5% in 2004, an increase of 4%. This was not statistically significant.
However, upon closer inspection it was clear those schools with a lower than average percentage of children reaching level 5 in 2003 demonstrated the largest increases in children reaching level 5 in 2004, after completing the project. Schools where less than 41% (the national average for England in 2003) of pupils reached level 5 in science in 2003 increased their percentage of pupils who obtained level 5 by 10.5% in 2004 (31.7% compared with 21.2%). This is statistically significant using a one tailed paired t-test (p<0.001).
In conclusion, there is evidence that the Children Challenging Industry project improves children's ability to reach level 5 in science SATs, in schools where children may be under-performing and therefore not reaching their potential. The project has most likely achieved this by improving the teacher's science teaching skills.
"There is evidence that the CCI project improves children's ability to reach level 5 in science SATs in schools where children may be under-performing"