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SPaG tests, writing objectives, and forms of assessment

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This brief post is the third in our series reviewing what HMI had to say about the development of children’s writing in their Curriculum Matters series. It has particular potency in the light of this week’s national SPaG tests for … Continue reading

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SPaG tests and writing objectives for 11 year olds

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In our previous post we set out the objectives for children’s writing by the age of 7, as outlined in a booklet written by Her Majesty’s Inspectors in the Curriculum Matters series. Our aim is to compare and contrast what … Continue reading

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Festival of Education: Gove Speaks, 3Di Comments

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As promised, here are some bullet points from the Secretary of State for Education’s Q & A session at Wellington College. There was a brief two-way discussion between Michael Gove and Sir Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College. (NB: This … Continue reading

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New Term, New Tests, New Way?

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It’s the start of a new term and with the onset of the summer season there comes the inevitable testing, ranking and report-writing. Stressed young people, exhausted teachers, concerned managers, perplexed parents – all affected by this arduous season of … Continue reading

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OECD: PISA on Problem-Solving

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OECD has released the results of the first PISA assessment of creative problem solving this week. 85,000 students from 44 countries did a computer-based test to identify whether they could transfer their knowledge into solving real-life problems. http://www.oecd.org/education/singapore-and-korea-top-first-oecd-pisa-problem-solving-test.htm There’s some … Continue reading

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Education Done To, For, or With Students?

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
Teachers caution student writers to avoid cliches like the plague, but many cliches harbor enduring truths. Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic is an apt characterization of the rush to adopt and…

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Educational Disadvantage and the Culture of Examinations

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There’s hardly a week goes by without Mr Gove and Ms Truss drawing attention to themselves with their latest wheeze or gimmick – and last week was no exception. Since they’re currently working in the field of education these specialists … Continue reading

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