Category: National Curriculum

SATs – the test that tells us nothing

SATs – the test that tells us nothing

The 2016 changes to the Key Stage 2 SATs tests grading system have been a travesty. Just as the positive 2014 changes to the curriculum saw us rise up the PISA rankings, the 2016 changes to the SATs grading system could see us fall back down. Accurate information about how children are performing means that…

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Australia and Scotland – failing children through progressive curriculums

Australia and Scotland – failing children through progressive curriculums

Australia and Scotland might be in different hemispheres but when it comes to education they are on the same plane. In 2010 both nations introduced new curriculums that were heavily influenced by progressive thinking. Oddly for school curriculums, ‘knowledge’ was downgraded as an ambition and was instead replaced by a more generic approach. There was…

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Exams or Teacher Grading

Exams or Teacher Grading

In response to a Telegraph article on the announcement by the Department for Education on this year’s exams (you can read the PDF of the article here), is that you can only have one or the other. It seems there is going to be a ‘free for all’. Slimmed-down but compulsory exams offer a way…

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SNP must scotch its disastrous curriculum

SNP must scotch its disastrous curriculum

Scotland’s education system was once envied across the world and countries scrambled to copy it. But now, under the SNP’s rule, it has become a scandal which the rulers north of the border are attempting to cover up. The progressive approach taken by the 2010 ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ is to blame. Trendy methods excited university…

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