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Six reasons why Baseline the Sequel will be a harder sell

Alice Bradbury.  Last week the government announced details of their latest attempt to introduce Baseline Assessment into Reception classrooms in England. As widely reported, this policy will cost £10 million, with the sole aim of producing data on children aged

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Posted in Education policy, Language and literacy, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

GCSE and A-level results: it’s not just the grades that matter

Why GCSE and A Level subject choices matter. shutterstock Jake Anders, UCL and Catherine Dilnot, Oxford Brookes University.  A-level results will soon be out, with more than 300,000 students eagerly waiting to find out if they’ve made the grade. Then come

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How much testing is too much? Is the 2% solution too strong, too weak or just wrong?

Chris Husbands.  How much is too much? It’s a question we tend to ask when in the proximity of strawberry crèmes, or gin and tonics. One is fine, two could be great, but carry on and it all goes horribly

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Selection at 11 – a very English debate

Chris Husbands Originally posted on SecEd It is a persistent undercurrent in English educational debate, but it is peculiarly English: should academic selection at the age of 11 be restored? Boris Johnson, perhaps in response to perceived UKIP pressure, has declared

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Posted in Chris Husbands, Education policy, eleven-plus