RISING UP: Bundaberg Christian College principal Paul Sterling.
RISING UP: Bundaberg Christian College principal Paul Sterling. Mike Knott BUN100419PAUL1

Bundaberg school's formula for NAPLAN success revealed

BUNDABERG Christian College has been identified as one of regional Queensland's best performers, after a noticeable lift in its numeracy scores for NAPLAN.

Yesterday principal Paul Sterling shared how the school had raised the bar since its 2016 results.

The results, which are displayed on the My School website, found the Bundy school had seen an improvement across Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 for numeracy.

The data measured the difference between average student achievement.

Mr Sterling said the key element wasn't a focus on directly raising the NAPLAN results, rather, a school-wide approach on the basics.

"We did receive good outcomes in NAPLAN but in 2016, we took a review in all of our programs and practices for literacy and numeracy in Prep to Year 12 and implemented a number of changes," Mr Sterling said.

"We developed and implemented a literacy framework for Prep to Year 12 ... increased the amount of time dedicated to teaching of English and Math each week, and introduced a phonics program in junior school."

There were also improvements for some year levels across reading, writing spelling and grammar.

Literacy blocks were introduced in the junior school, resulting in more time spent writing and reading.

Additionally, pre and post numeracy testing in middle school was introduced.

Mr Sterling said while NAPLAN results measured a "point in time" test, it was "not a measure of school value or worth".

"But we use the data to analyse and inform teaching learning programs. We're excited about what that will do for the growth of student learning," he said.

Year 3 rose from 393 in 2016 to 405 in 2018. Year 5 went from 473 to 489.

Year 7 came out of the red zone, which previously meant they were below the scores of similar schools. Their scores in numeracy went from 527 to 561.

The Year 9 students rose from 579 to 601.