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Reducing School Exclusions: Schools Week highlights our recommendations

Our recent submission to Parliament’s Education Select Committee’s enquiry on school exclusions was highlighted in Schools Week. Vulnerable pupils can be difficult to support in mainstream schools and too often schools feel they have little alternative but to exclude them, particularly at times when waiting lists for mental health referrals can stretch to 18 months. …

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How should primary schools be held to account?

ASCL today launched its Sense and Accountability report, which examines how primary schools are held to account and how this can be done better. I was delighted to play a small part in the production of this report, sitting on its expert panel. ASCL’s review builds on LKMco’s recent #TestingTheWater report, which explored how assessment can better …

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The need for EAL specialists

2017 performance statistics show that, for the first time, EAL pupils outperformed native speakers at GCSE on all DfE measures. However, as EPI point out in a recent report, we desperately need national structures to create and retain EAL specialists. Even though EAL outcomes are high on average, this masks what are likely to be …

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