We can identify any students not reaching their predicted ability on an attainment test and do further screening to see if the student is presenting with a specific learning difficulty.
Mary Everad, Assistant Principal, Dunshaughlin Community College, Co.Meath

Building the right foundations

Hilary Fine, our Head of Product, writes about the findings of our two YouGov polls showing what teachers and parents think about the narrowing of the National Curriculum.

Measuring progress across a MAT

Organising a MAT of 30, quite disparate, primary academies is no mean feat. There was a real need for rigour and for quality assessment, and for standardising our practice. This was non-negotiable for us as a MAT.

Reliability in a world without levels

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.

Teaching vocabulary

Remember the episode of Friends when Joey discovers a thesaurus and signs his name as 'baby kangaroo'? Our Commissioning Editor, Lucy Hadfield, explains the importance of children having a wide, varied (and accurate) vocabulary.

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