LEARNING LEAP: Maclean Public School students Campbell Kelly, Neeve Fischer, Anna Jenkins, Marlo Mayo and Kate Moore show off the various programs at the school that have helped them improve Year 5 numeracy scores.
LEARNING LEAP: Maclean Public School students Campbell Kelly, Neeve Fischer, Anna Jenkins, Marlo Mayo and Kate Moore show off the various programs at the school that have helped them improve Year 5 numeracy scores. Adam Hourigan

Maclean Public’s NAPLAN results add up

MACLEAN Public School has achieved something only 19 other government schools in the state can claim, with their recent NAPLAN results revealing their current Year 5 cohort showing substantially above average improvement in mathematics since Year 3.

When compared to similar schools across the state, and children with the same starting score, the improvement made by Maclean Public School students from Year 3 to Year 5 was well above the average improvement made by the rest of the state.

It's an achievement that principal Sandra Armstrong said is an affirmation of the hard work made by teachers and students and the broader school community.

"The teachers were really celebrating to get that data come back, it's a great achievement," she said.

"The school has done really well, and the students are really pleased their efforts are being recognised."

Mrs Armstrong said the diverse curriculum and an emphasis on a learning style that is engaging and relevant to the students could be driving the improved results.

"What we do works for Maclean Public School, but there's no magic bullet when it comes to getting these results," she said.

"We have these long-term programs embedded, like the music program that's been running for eight years, which the kids have really loved, as well as the science, technology, engineering and mathematics workshops.

The programs that Maclean Public School run also include cooking and gardening.

Across NSW, a total of 43 primary schools showed substantially above average improvement in NAPLAN results.

Mrs Armstrong said these good results aren't a spike, but rather reflecting a longer trend at the school.

"After we got these latest results, I went back and had a look at our past results since 2008 when they started keeping the records," she said.

"I saw that we have had value added every year above the rate of similar schools and similar students, which just goes to show the long-term programs we have embedded in the school are making a positive impact."

Mrs Armstrong said the challenge was to keep producing good results.



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