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AAIA’s 27th Annual Conference 2016
The Highcliff Marriott Hotel, Bournemouth

Thursday October 6th – Saturday October 8th 2016

AAIA Three Day Conference 2016 – programme

Three Day Conference Application Form 2016

One day open conference – Friday 7th October 2016
(open to non-members)

One Day Open Conference 2016 – programme

AAIA One Day Conference Flyer 2016

One day open conference application form 2016

Latest News and Developments

National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2016 (interim)

GOV.UK – Provisional headline information on the 2016 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2. GOV.UK – New primary school tests show schools rising to the challenge. See also England (KS1 and KS2 statutory assessment).

No evidence that academy status improves performance of primary pupils, new research concludes

TES News – NFER report finds no difference between academies and maintained schools at key stage 2.  Researchers from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) studied the association between academy status for primary and secondary schools and their pupils’ attainment in the 2015 key stage 2 tests and GCSE exams. NFER – Analysis of Academy School Performance in 2015.

Pass mark for this year’s phonics test revealed

TES News – It’s 32 out of 40 for the fifth year running, DfE announces. GOV.UK – Phonics screening check: 2016 materials. See also Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.

Wilshaw: ‘Stop moaning about testing and bring back Sats for 14-year-olds’

TES – The head of Ofsted has warned against ‘moaning and whingeing’ about national tests, and called for the return of the exams for 14-year-olds, in a bid to stretch the most able students.

No room for manoeuvre on ‘essential’ national tests

TESS – Standardised assessments must be brought in, despite teachers’ qualms, John Swinney tells EIS conference. The Scotsman – John Swinney tells teachers not to fear Scots test shake-up.