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It may seem an obvious statement, but no school can be successful in all aspects if it works entirely alone. It needs to gather ideas, share experiences and access new skills and approaches. It also needs the capacity not just to improve standards and provide a rich curriculum but also to access funding, improve its …

National Averages – 61% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths compared to just 53% in 2016, that’s up 8% nationally. The national has risen much closer to the floor standard of 65%. National Average scaled scores: Reading – 104 (up by 1 from 103 in 2016) GPS – 106 (up …

The raw scores, scaled scores and mark scripts have been made available on the NCA tools website today. Also available is a full summary of individual pupil’s results from the SATs and teacher assessments (TA). Although the NCA tools site publishes each pupils scaled score, the DfE have provided the conversion tables here. The raw …

Schools, and headteachers in particular, spend a lot of time writing school development plans (SDP). Therefore the question that needs to be asked is, “Does the time spent writing represent good value?”. Answers are likely to vary. Some schools will say the SDP is the key driver of improvement, leads to fundamental change and that …

Three key threads run through the White Paper, the over-arching theme of which is an increasingly school-led system. The first thread is the concept of competition whereby the most successful MATs get bigger and the less successful are taken over. The second is an ever-increasing level of autonomy delegated to schools, including the accreditation of …

This section of the White Paper details strategies for enhancing the performance of, and unlocking the “full potential of every child, including both the lowest attaining and the brightest pupils”. It says the Government will focus on boosting the attainment of four groups of children neglected by the previous curriculum and accountability system: Lowest attaining …

Changes within the education system are creating more autonomy but more accountability. As has been seen in our other blogs, Teacher Training and the White Paper and Ofsted and the White Paper, an overarching theme of the White Paper is to move towards a much more school-led system. “Our changes are designed to empower and …

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