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Ofsted’s use of Artificial Intelligence: how smart is it to automate risk assessments?

Melanie Ehren. Ofsted has come under attack for its collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team for using machine learning to identify failing schools. According to several sources (BBC and Matthew Reynolds), BIT has been trialling machine learning models that can

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Growth of Multi-Academy Trusts: do we need to put the brakes on?

Melanie Ehren.  Yesterday, the House of Commons Education Committee issued its report on Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) with the key headline of: ‘MPs concerned about performance, accountability and expansion of multi-academy trusts’. The report issues a number of recommendations, all of which

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Leadership and management, Schools

Word problems in standardised maths tests: how fair are the Key Stage 2 SATs?

Melanie Ehren.  Word problems feature strongly on many high stakes standardised maths tests. We found these kinds of test items in research in the United States in 2010 (on the New York State and Massachusetts grades 3-5 tests for children

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

As ‘Show Your Working’ test replaces mental maths at 11, what kind of learning are we valuing?

Melanie Ehren. This year the Key Stage 2 mathematics test has undergone some big changes to reflect the new National Curriculum. One was the removal of the Mental Mathematics paper, given for the last time in 2015. It involved a

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Posted in Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Life after levels: is the new Year 6 maths test changing the way teachers teach?

Melanie Ehren.  Earlier this month (5 July), the Department for Education published the results of the Key Stage 2 test for 10 and 11-year-olds. The publication was awaited with more anxiety than usual as this year’s test was the first one on

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Posted in Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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