In these early days, I’m conscious that we are only scratching the surface of what we’ll eventually be able to gain, both academically and pastorally, from the information the assessments provide us. However, we’re already seeing an impact and this will only increase as time goes by
Derek Smith, Principal of Olashore International School

Building the right foundations

Hilary Fine, our Head of Product, writes about the findings of our two YouGov polls showing what teachers and parents think about the narrowing of the National Curriculum.

Measuring progress across a MAT

Organising a MAT of 30, quite disparate, primary academies is no mean feat. There was a real need for rigour and for quality assessment, and for standardising our practice. This was non-negotiable for us as a MAT.

Reliability in a world without levels

As Ofsted's report on 'Key Stage 3: the wasted years' said, 'The importance of a good start to a pupil's secondary school education cannot be overemphasised'. We couldn't agree more.' Here, Andy Daly, Principal of Swavesey Village College, explains how they introduced standardised tests following the removal of national curriculum levels.

Teaching vocabulary

Remember the episode of Friends when Joey discovers a thesaurus and signs his name as 'baby kangaroo'? Our Commissioning Editor, Lucy Hadfield, explains the importance of children having a wide, varied (and accurate) vocabulary.

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