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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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League table reform: New accountability arrangements in English schools

In this presentation, LKMco Director Loic Menzies summarises the key changes to school league tables. The presentation was prepared for Teach First’s Policy First network and draws heavily on a recent Schools Week colour supplement by the LKMco team – we recommend reading the full supplement for all the details. Inevitably, the nature of accountability and …

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Do we really need to ‘aggressively sell’ vocational education?

Although Michael Wilshaw’s speech on vocational education yesterday has been heavily criticised, looking past the headlines reveals a vision that could help end some of the sector’s long-running problems. When I read in today’s TES that apprenticeships should be “aggressively sold” I found it hard to see past my emotional reaction to the title: Aggressive sales …

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