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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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Does traditional grammar instruction improve children’s writing ability?

Alice Sullivan and Dominic Wyse.  Children in England have recently taken their statutory tests at age 10-11 (commonly known as Key Stage 2 SATs). The results, published today, show that the pass rate has plummeted compared to last year. This

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Posted in curriculum & assessment, Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Literacy, Schools

Does developing bad behaviour in primary school affect a child’s grades?

Praveetha Patalay. A few mischievous children acting out in a classroom and disrupting an entire lesson is a common scenario that teachers deal with. However, trouble-making children who hit out and misbehave are not only disruptive to teachers and classrooms,

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Posted in Special educational needs and psychology, Teaching
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