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Keep your eye firmly on the Classroom Assessment Ball The content of the revised curriculum and how pupils’ progress is assessed in the classroom is becoming more familiar to increasing numbers of teachers.
What an interesting year I have had working with the implementation of the 2014 English curriculum! Not only have we battled with raised expectations and new objectives but also a completely new approach to assessment. Standards look different; children may work below or at the expected standard or at greater... View Article
The removal of national curriculum levels is an acknowledgement that they were not a dependable way of defining achievement. Levels were used in a different ways by different people and organisations depending on the audience.
The Learning Challenge Curriculum is built around the principle of greater pupil autonomy in their learning. It recognises the importance of deeper levels of knowledge and understanding to underpin pupils’ thinking, promoting working at greater depth. The Learning Challenge Curriculum is built around deep thinking and encourages pupils to learn... View Article
Following Ofsted’s lead, many school leaders have adapted their monitoring of teaching to now judge the impact teachers have over time, rather than grading individual lessons. However this can lead to a lack of clarity and understanding of what to actually look for when observing lessons. The following tips may... View Article
With the introduction of the Common Inspection Framework, the incremental changes that have taken place within the inspectorate over the past two years have finally come to fruition. We now have a fresh workforce taking a fresh approach.
Update: The baseline posed some interesting scenarios for many schools and for those that chose to participate this year they had the chance to work out some of the logistics and whether they liked the chosen system or not. Most schools now have data to support their own baseline observations... View Article
How external advice, a curriculum revamp, and becoming an academy helped one school dramatically improve its Ofsted rating from special measures to outstanding. A school from Sheffield has revealed how a total rework of its curriculum has enabled it to move from ‘Special Measures’ to receiving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating... View Article