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Creative Writing Under Threat - 05/04/2015
Creative Writing Under Threat Today’s blog is a guest blog from Dr Oli Belas an English teacher, writer, and independent academic concerned about the imminent demise of A Level Creative Writing. Creative Writing A Level is one of many courses under threat from Ofqual’s view – published on March 26 – that “we do not at this stage have confidence that content can be developed...
Six reasons I changed my mind about the reception baseline - 04/04/2015
By Sarah Jones- LKMco Associate A new "baseline test" will soon be introduced for four year olds in England. From 2016, children will take a short test in the first six weeks of starting school so that everybody knows what their starting point is and so the DfE can have some accurate numbers with which to hold schools to account for kids’ progress. My initial...
London schools: the ethnicity debate - 23/02/2015
Sam Baars and Meena Parameshwaran When we’re debating the extent to which the success of London’s schools is due to the capital’s ethnic makeup, we need to keep sight of two important considerations. Firstly, we need to avoid crude definitions of ethnicity that ignore migration generation. Secondly, we need to avoid ‘either/or’ explanations and acknowledge that the effect of...
Are teachers able to put in effort where it matters? - 19/02/2015
Part 3 of ‘The Standards Puzzle’ By Sarah Jones and Meena Parameshwaran Over the past two blog posts in this series we have looked at the premises in Sam Freedman’s blog on standards, asking whether we can be sure they are correct. The first blog considered whether children really are happier and the second blog dug a little deeper into how we judge academic...
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