Category: English

How to put the ass into assessments

How to put the ass into assessments

One effect of the pandemic not yet wholly appreciated is the way it has exposed the weakness in assessing children’s progress at primary school level. A dramatic shake-up of the SATs system around four years ago has left educators and parents unaware of exactly how children in this age range are faring. Before the changes,…

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Progressive can be regressive

Progressive can be regressive

There have been many changes in the educational system since the late 1950s and early 60s, including a big move to a more progressive approach. This threw aside most of the traditional teaching methods in literacy and numeracy. Literacy focused less on grammar, syntax and good spelling – the structural elements of language – in…

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Helping your primary age and lower secondary age child during the Covid-19 school closures

Helping your primary age and lower secondary age child during the Covid-19 school closures

We are all about to enter unchartered territory with the possibility of long term school closures. It’s a daunting prospect for parents as they need to balance having to work from home while trying to ensure their children do not fall too behind in their learning. I am sure schools have worked incredibly hard to…

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Scottish education system is at crisis point – and its progressive curriculum is to blame

Scottish education system is at crisis point – and its progressive curriculum is to blame

Once upon a time, the Scottish education system was the envy of the world but its reputation came crashing down when the OECD PISA ratings came out late last year. They showed that in 2018 Scotland’s attainment in maths and science had taken another dive – following on from the falls also seen in 2015…

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