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.
In the classroom, the main driver to gather pupil data must be to understand strengths and weaknesses of our pupils and adapt teaching and learning to match
Using standardised assessment data to support IB programmes
The importance of maintaining a focus on literacy within the curriculum has never been far away from the government’s agenda and anyone working within education would agree that developing strong literacy skills are key to a student’s success, particularly as external examinations consist of written papers.
Student wellbeing underpins all educational outcomes. From attendance and attainment to progress and employability skills, students who are supported to be mentally healthy and have a positive outlook towards education are more likely to succeed.
As encapsulated by the Simple View of Reading, skilled reading involves the ability to read words accurately and efficiently and the ability to understand language.