Category: Secondary School

Back to basics – what schools should focus on in September

Back to basics – what schools should focus on in September

Primary school children should be taught basic numeracy and literacy when schools resume in September. The lockdown inevitably means many children will be behind, and knowing these basic building blocks is vital. Even for those who are on top of the subjects, a refresher term is no bad thing because numeracy and literacy are so…

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Investment in vocational training is welcomed – but more needs to be done

Investment in vocational training is welcomed – but more needs to be done

For many years I have been calling on successive governments to place greater emphasis on vocational and technical education. Slowly but surely, the government appears to be moving in that direction. This week saw the announcement of how T-levels – the new technical alternative to A-levels – will be rolled out and marked. The government…

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Education at a critical crossroads

Education at a critical crossroads

August saw one of the education success stories of the year. You may have read about the Michaela Free School in London and its inspirational headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh recording GCSE results any grammar school would be proud of. Michaela, which is based in the deprived area of Brent, saw more than half (54%) of its students…

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Primary teachers need to learn SATs are essential for secondary education

Primary teachers need to learn SATs are essential for secondary education

Primary schools up and down the country would have received this year’s SATs results yesterday and spent all day digesting the figures to see where they stand. And with predictable great timing, a survey of primary school teachers was published yesterday morning just as headteachers were crunching the headline figures. Low and behold, 97% of…

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