Almost half of primary students fail to meet new SATs standard

  • July 8th, 2016
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Provisional figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) have shown that only 53% of year 6 pupils have met the new expected standards in reading, writing and maths. 80% of students met the required standard last year across all three subjects. The DfE has stressed the 53% result from this year were “not comparable […]

Five reasons Teaching Assistants are invaluable

  • July 5th, 2016
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At Athona, we know Teaching Assistants (TAs) are fantastic – they make a difference both inside and outside of the classroom. That’s why we’ve come up with our top five reasons of what makes them invaluable.  1. You’re the student’s rock – even if they wouldn’t like to admit it. Working so closely with students on a […]

Primary testing – were parents and head teachers right to protest?

  • May 12th, 2016
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Ministers have made both KS1 and KS2 tests more difficult in a hope to raise standards. Earlier this month, a number of parents kept their children off school for a day in protest over primary tests in England, with thousands of parents signing a petition calling for a boycott. Many unhappy head teachers have also […]