Useful revision tips to help teachers and students

  • May 24th, 2017
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Jemma, our Project Co-ordinator and qualified teacher, shares her top 10 revision tips to help both teachers and students during the stressful exam period. You need your students to be more resilient: encourage growth-mind set Create a positive culture in the classroom, instilling the idea that a mistake is something to learn from. Intersperse challenging […]

Childline counselling rises and SATs students are left demoralised

  • May 17th, 2017
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    As mental health awareness week draws to a close, Childline have highlighted the rise in stress related calls from students sitting their exams. May sees the start of SATs, GCSE and A level exams across the country. Pressures of targets, expectations, workload and the natural act of comparing themselves to their peers have […]

Teachers back move towards primary SATs boycott

  • May 4th, 2017
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Teachers have backed plans for a possible boycott of primary school tests in England starting next year. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) believes the tests for seven and 11 year olds are damaging to the children and their education. The Government are now consulting on the future of testing in primary education and may […]

Report shows converting primary schools into academies does not improve results

  • November 24th, 2016
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A study by the London School of Economics has shown converting primary schools into academies has not resulted in higher performance rates. The study used the national pupil database and examined the test results of the 270 primary schools that converted to academy status between 2010 and 2012. Test scores from 2007 to 2014 for […]

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 […]

Should secondary students have to re-take their SATs?

  • July 5th, 2016
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In 2015, Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, announced that year 7 students will re-take their KS2 English or maths tests if they do not achieve the ‘expected standard.’ Morgan explained that students will struggle in secondary school without a good grasp of the basics in literacy and numeracy. The decision for SATs re-sits has therefore been […]

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 […]