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Scottish testing fears after schools bill passed

The Scotsman – Flagship legislation requiring the Scottish Government and councils to tackle the attainment gap has been passed by Holyrood, despite concerns about the return of national testing for primary school pupils.

England schools: 10,000 pupils sidelined due to league-table pressures

The Guardian – More than 10,000 pupils left England’s mainstream state secondary schools in the run-up to their GCSE courses, according to an analysis of official data by the Guardian. The figures come amid concerns league-table pressures are incentivising institutions to move students who are unlikely to do well off their books.

Key Stage 4 School Performance Tables 2015

DfE School and College Performance Tables  – Key Stage 4 2015.

GOV.UK – Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2014 to 2015 (statistical first release).

GOV.UK – Academies lead the way as school performance tables are published.

Press coverage:

BBC News Education – Schools ranked by raw GCSE results for last time.

TES News – Number of secondaries missing GCSE floor target falls.

The Telegraph – School league tables: Quarter of a million pupils taught at failing secondaries, figures show.

The Guardian – GCSE league tables show schools struggling to adjust to changes.



Exams timetabled to accommodate Ramadan

BBC News Education – This year’s key GCSE and A-Level examinations have been timetabled to take into account the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, exam boards have said.

South West AAIA Annual Conference March 2016

South West AAIA invites you to experience UKFUNDISA – teaching that causes you to learn, and provides rich evidence that you have done so!  

SW AAIA Conference 2016 – programme and application form


Times tables ‘to be tested by age 11’

BBC News Education – Every pupil in England will be tested on their times tables before leaving primary school, under government plans.  Pupils aged 11 will be expected to know their tables up to 12×12, and will be tested using an “on-screen check”.

TES News – All pupils to sit new times table test as part of KS2 Sats – and schools will be held accountable.

STA – Assessment update containing information about on-screen multiplication tables check.

Primary School Performance Tables 2015

Department for Education – The primary school performance tables provide school-level information on the achievements and progress of pupils at the end of the 2014/15 school year.

GOV.UK – Impressive progress in English primary schools continues.

BBC News Education– More primary schools succeed in ‘three Rs’.

TES News – Floor standards: almost 700 primaries fall short of government benchmark.

The Telegraph – Primary school league tables: More than 200,000 taught in struggling schools.

The Guardian – Primary schools outside London catching up with capital.

Migrants ‘do not lower school results’

BBC News Education – Migrants ‘do not lower school results’.

OECD – Can schools help to integrate immigrants?

Ministers consider the return of key stage 1 national tests

TES News – Ministers are to consider the introduction of more “rigorous” assessments for seven-year-olds, including a possible return to national testing.

BBC News Education – Morgan: Tougher tests and top teachers in weak schools.

The Telegraph – All test scores from seven-year-olds ‘to be sent to government’, under plans being considered.  Review to be announced by Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, will look at ways to improve how to track pupil progress in early years.

Tories to water down pledge to make EBac compulsory for all

TES News – Ministers have watered down their policy of requiring all secondary students to sit GCSEs in the core academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate.

Ministers consider national tests for seven-year-olds

The Guardian – Ministers are considering more rigorous assessments for seven-year-olds – including the reintroduction of national tests – as part of an overhaul of primary school appraisal to being announced by education secretary Nicky Morgan.

Is Britain Fairer? The state of equality and human rights 2015

Equality and Human Rights Commission – In 2010, the Commission produced its first report on equality (How Fair is Britain?) and separate report on human rights (the Human Rights Review) in 2012. Is Britain Fairer? is the Commission’s follow-up report on both equality and human rights. This report outlines our findings and sets out the challenges for the future.

TES News – Minority ethnic pupils are narrowing attainment gap with white peers, report shows.

TES News – Teach boys and girls in the same way, says exam board research director.

Philip Pullman says tests and league tables have left arts education in a ‘terrible state’

TES News – Author Philip Pullman has warned that an obsession with league tables and exams has left arts education in a “terrible state”.

The Guardian – Philip Pullman decries ‘terrible state’ of children’s education in the arts.

Tories in school tests U-turn

The Sunday Times – Tough new tests and assessments for England’s primary school children may be scrapped in a wide-ranging review after opposition from unions and head teachers in what many will see as a significant government U-turn.

General studies A-level to be axed

TES News – It has been around since the 1950s, easing the passage to university for generations of pupils in return for very little revision. But TES can reveal that the Department for Education has decided to abolish A-level general studies.