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Asia tops biggest global school rankings

BBC News Education – The biggest ever global school rankings have been published, with Asian countries in the top five places and African countries at the bottom.

TES News – UK below Poland and Vietnam in biggest ever international education rankings.

Doncaster head teacher banned for changing SATs answers

BBC News Education – A head teacher who changed answers on pupils’ SATs test has been banned from the profession.

Pupils to sit new CfE Highers for first time

The Scotsman – Thousands of pupils are preparing to sit controversial new Higher qualifications for the first time as the exam period gets under way.

Morgan tells exam boards to protect Polish A-levels

BBC News Education – Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says a future Conservative government would “guarantee the future” of GCSEs and A-levels in minority languages such as Polish, Gujarati, Bengali and Turkish.

Labour could ditch GCSEs within 10 years, says Tristram Hunt

Guardian Education – Shadow education secretary wants to reform 14-19 education and create a single baccalaureate that puts academic and vocational qualifications on a par.

Atlanta teachers jailed for up to 7 years over test cheating

BBC News Education – A group of former teachers and school administrators in Atlanta, Georgia have been jailed for up to seven years for their involvement in a test cheating scandal

Tories to make the EBac compulsory

TES News – The Conservatives will make the English Baccalaureate compulsory in secondary schools should they win the next general election.  The pledge forms part of the party’s election manifesto, and adds that any school that “refuses” to offer the “core subjects” at GCSE could not be judged “outstanding” by Ofsted.

New GCSE reference tests ‘could be compulsory’

BBC News Education – New National Reference Tests to help set GCSE grade boundaries could be made compulsory for thousands of pupils in England.  The exams regulator Ofqual previously suggested the tests would be voluntary.

Tory resit plan for pupils with poor Sats results

BBC News Education – Pupils in England who get poor results in their Sats at the end of primary school will face a resit in secondary school if the Conservatives form the next government.  It would mean 100,000 pupils taking a new test in English and maths during their first secondary year.

Commission on Assessment Without Levels – intended outputs and terms of reference

GOV.UK – Commission on Assessment Without Levels: An independent group of education experts supporting schools to develop new approaches to assessment following the removal of levels.

Welcome to Education Datalab

Education Datalab – Education Datalab brings together a group of expert researchers who all believe we can improve education policy by analysing large datasets.

Education Datalab – Our mission is to be the UK’s centre of excellence for quantitative research in education, providing independent, cutting-edge research to support those leading education policy and practice.

Education Datalab – Seven Things You Might Not Know About Your Schools.

Members of new commission on assessment without levels announced

GOV.UK – DfE has established the members of the commission on assessment without levels that will support schools following the removal of levels.

TES News – ‘Teacher-led commission’ on levels will contain no classroom teachers.

TES News – The ‘teacher-led’ commission with no front-line staff.

Assessment without levels commission announced

GOV.UK – Nick Gibb sets out plans for a commission to help improve primary school assessment and testing.

GOV.UK – Nick Gibb outlines the support given to schools as they move away from level descriptors.

Reception baseline assessment: guide to signing up your school

GOV.UK – Information for headteachers of primary schools about how to sign up and pay for the new reception baseline assessment.

Early Excellence – Early Excellence is providing a series of ‘Baseline Briefings’ in which they will be discussing all the approved schemes.  However, Early Excellence is one of the commercial providers and providing this information does not mean their product is endorsed by AAIA.

Links to approved schemes:

Centre for Evaluation and management, (CEM)

Early Excellence

GL Assessment

Hodder Education

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

Speech Link


See also Baseline assessment guidance


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Key Stage 4 School Performance Tables 2014


DfE School and College Performance Tables – Key Stage 4 2014.

GOV.UK – 90,000 more pupils taking core academic GCSEs than in 2010.

GOV.UK – Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2013 to 2014 (statistical first release).

GOV.UK – GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics: 2014.

Press coverage:

BBC News Education – School league tables: More schools fail to make grade.

The Telegraph – GCSE performance tables: Number of failing schools doubles in a year.

Guardian Education – Number of English schools failing on GCSE targets doubles in a year.

TES News – GCSEs: number of schools missing floor targets doubles as reforms hit.

TES News – GCSEs: league tables a ‘broken system’ because of constant tinkering, critics claim.

The Independent – School league tables: Number of schools failing to reach minimum government GCSE targets doubles.

The Telegraph – Dozens of private schools branded failures in controversial new league tables.