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If it looks like levels and it smells like levels… Thoughts on the Report of the NAHT Commission on Assessment -
By Eleanor Bernardes - LKMco Associate “‘Levels’ had become the accepted language of both pupil attainment and progress and the prospect of the removal of this language caused widespread consternation.” (p11) A sense of uncertainty and unease has been growing amongst the profession following the Secretary of State’s announcement last summer that National Curriculum levels were...
Ofsted and Performance Related Pay: Prescription under a cloak of autonomy -
By Loic Menzies – LKMco Director Ofsted is making reference to performance related pay (PRP) in almost half of its inspection reports and comments suggest that PRP is not just about autonomy and flexibility but about tying earnings to pupil outcomes. We scoured the 410 Ofsted reports published between the 18th of November and 1st of December 2013 searching for references to...
Today's First Edu Select Committee on Free Schools & Academies -
By Laura McInerney, Policy Development Partner Somewhere in the Department for Education there is a brilliant plan explaining exactly how Free Schools and Academies work. It explains what the DfE is looking for from new schools, and the qualities it wants from the "operating groups" who will run these schools. There's a diagram showing how these 'groups' (or trusts, or...
Why Gove Was Absolutely Right About State & Private Schools. (And Yet Not Correct). -
Written by Laura McInerney, Policy Development Partner Yesterday Michael Gove made headlines when he asked why it was that state school students didn't enjoy all the extra-curricular opportunities offered in private schools. And remarked "We know England's private schools are the best independent schools in the world. Why shouldn't our state schools be the best state schools...

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