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Maths tests for four-year-olds are ‘costly, inappropriate and flawed’

TES News – Maths teachers have called on education secretary Nicky Morgan to scrap plans to test four-year-olds, claiming the assessments are “costly, inappropriate and flawed”.

Rise in requests for special needs exam concessions

BBC News Education – The exams regulator Ofqual is to investigate a rise in requests from schools for special arrangements for candidates at GCSE and A-level.

Ofqual – Special consideration, access arrangements and entry statistics released.

School tests causing pupil stress, teachers’ survey finds

BBC News Education – Annual school tests in Wales for children aged seven to 14 are causing so much stress some pupils are refusing to go to school, a survey of teachers claimed.

2014 Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test review outcomes

GOV.UK – Report providing data on the outcomes of reviews of the marking of 2014 key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests.

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.