Ensuring data impacts progress
Amassing reams and reams of school performance data means nothing if it’s not being put to good use. Phil Bourne gives his advice on making the most of the data you collect to aid in decision-making at all levels, close achievement gaps and improve pupil outcomes.
Assessment in the new curriculum: Vital signs …and learning to live without levels
The end of levels is only the beginning. The whole assessment and accountability system is changing, and school leaders at every level need to be prepared. Sue Hackman provides an overview, from testing of four year olds to the new GCSE grading system and everything in between.
SLT 6.1 Report Update
Includes summaries of the reports - The link between secondary school characteristics and university participation and outcomes; Advice note on maintained schools and academies in Birmingham; Not present, what future? Children missing education in England; Careers guidance, Guaranteed.
What is Britishness?
Following critical Ofsted reports exposing an alleged attempt to make the ethos of some state schools in Birmingham more rigidly Islamic, education secretary Michael Gove has said that from September, all schools will be required to actively promote ‘Britishness’ and ‘British values’… But what, precisely, are ‘British values’?
Introducing Progress 8
The planned Progress 8 measure has largely been welcomed as a fairer and more accurate alternative to the long-standing ‘five A*-C grade’ success measure… but implementing it won’t be without its challenges. We summarise the main changes and implications for school leaders.