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STA Clarification on KS2 Writing Assessments

By Laura Lodge on

On Friday 10 March, the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) issued a guidance video aiming to offer some clarification with regards to the teacher assessment of Writing at the end of Key Stage Two.

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School Inspection Update

By Laura Lodge on

This week, Ofsted published their latest school inspection update. Alongside welcoming the new HMCI, Amanda Spielman, and her vision for Ofsted as “a force for improvement”; the update also provides inspectors with key information which will impact upcoming inspections.

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Optomising Autonomy

By Rachel Foster on

I have recently had the privilege of being part of an evening of education debate held in the centre of Manchester. As we are all aware these events occur quite often in London, but it is refreshing to facilitate such an event in the north.

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Evidence-based Pedagogies

By Jane Sowerby on

I was disappointed, if not surprised, to hear Schools Minister Nick Gibb’s speech this week at the Education World Forum on ‘the evidence for teacher-led instruction’; although he did have me splurting out my coffee as I read the opening statements...

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Education Secretary on social mobility

By Jane Sowerby on

Justine Greening’s speech this week at her old employer’s PwC, saw her set out her stall for her term of office, with social mobility being the number one focus...

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Theresa May on Mental Health

By Colette Flynn on

In Theresa May’s first speech addressing health, the Prime Minister focused on mental health issues in young people, which she described as “dangerously disregarded” – but how can we tackle these challenging issues?

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