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DfE Consultation – Performance descriptors: Key Stages 1 and 2

GOV.UK – Consultation on Key Stages 1 and 2 performance descriptors now open.

Early years foundation stage profile results: 2013 to 2014

GOV.UK – Early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) results in England, for the 2013 to 2014 academic year, at national and local authority level.

GOV.UK – Nurseries ‘must do more’ to give children the best start in life (DfE press release).

BBC News Education – Boys of five lag behind girls in literacy and numeracy.

‘Culture, not just curriculum’, determines east Asian school success

Guardian Education – Institute of Education research shows teaching methods in China and South Korea are not only factor in high grades.


Pisa tests to include many more Chinese pupils

BBC News Education – There will be a much wider sample of Chinese pupils taking part in the next round of the international Pisa tests.

GCSE and A level reform

GOV.UK – Consultation on reformed GCSE and A level subject content for teaching from 2016.

Provisional phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2014

GOV.UK – Provisional information on the 2014 phonics screening check and assessments at key stage 1, including breakdowns by pupil characteristics.

GOV.UK - Number of schools in which 95% or more of eligible pupils reached the required phonics standard.

BBC News Education – More children pass phonics check, says government.

Provisional Key Stage 2 Test Results 2014

GOV.UK – Primary test results: standards rising in all subjects.

GOV.UK – Statistical First Release: National curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England 2014.

Heads publish own league tables to seize back control from ministers

TES News – A coalition of school leaders has launched a new initiative that will allow parents to create their own school performance league tables with the aim of protecting heads from political interference.

New website – Publish your school’s full GCSE performance results from this autumn.

A level results 2014

BBC News Education – A-level grades edge down, as university places rise.

The Telegraph – A-level results: pass rate ‘declines for first time in 32 years’.

Guardian Education – A-level results: record numbers get into university but pass rate falls.

Guardian Education – A-level maths overtakes English for first time as students opt for harder subjects.

Ofqual – A brief explanation of summer 2014 AS and A level results.

Ofqual – Some thoughts following the A level results last week.

2014 GCSE results

GOV.UK – Higher standards as thousands more take GCSEs at the right time.

Ofqual – A brief explanation of summer 2014 GCSE results.

BBC News Education – GCSE grades rise, but sharp fall in English.

The Telegraph - GCSE results 2014: C grades up overall as English scores plummet.

Guardian Education – GCSE results: more A*-C grades awarded but English pass rate falls.

TES News – GCSE results: Schools ‘shocked’ by fall in English grades as overall passes rise.

TES Opinion – ‘The arrogant refusal to listen to warnings from school leaders about rushed GCSE reform is a disgrace’.

Ofqual – Reflections on the GCSE results.

Open letter to Michael Gove: ‘Why the Year 1 phonics check must go’

TES Opinion – a letter from a coalition of leading educationalists, organised by the UK Literacy Association.

Must do better? Black pupils did, with best improvement in exams

The IndependentBlack pupils have achieved the biggest rise in test and exam results of any ethnic group in the country, according to new statistics.

GOV.UK - The latest figures show how the government’s education reforms are raising standards among black pupils more quickly than any other ethnic group.

Schools told: GCSE and A-level grades may drop in 2014

The Telegraph – Ofqual, the exams watchdog, writes to every school and college in England, warning them to expect “more variable” results in GCSEs and A-levels this summer following major changes to the qualifications system.

The Independent – Exam reforms could mean worse-than-expected GCSE and A-level grades.

Ofqual – Summer 2014 exams.

Schools and business launch ‘fair education’ alliance

BBC News Education – A campaign to tackle educational inequality is being launched by an alliance of employers, teachers’ organisations and children’s charities.  The Fair Education Alliance will set goals such as narrowing the gap in literacy and maths between rich and poor and in different parts of England.

Secondary schools can opt in to progress 8 measures in 2015

GOV.UK – Mainstream maintained schools, academies and free schools can now choose to adopt the new performance measures a year early in 2015.

GOV.UK - Information for schools about the progress 8 measure to be introduced in 2016, along with the terms and conditions for opting in from 2015.