Category Archives: Testing

A Baseline

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” Rainer Maria Rilke Yesterday I was over at the allotments, and I was lucky enough to bump into the preschool children, who were doing their Thursday forest club. … Continue reading

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“The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.” Donald T. … Continue reading

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What Does Good Writing Look Like?

The question “what does good writing look like?” is a really important one, especially if you make your living as a writer, like I do. If you wanted to, you could phrase this question differently, and ask “what makes one … Continue reading

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Today I walked back up the lane with my daughter and her friend after meeting them at the school bus. Her friend had the Year 6 SATs results in hand. Her friend is bright, so there will be celebration and … Continue reading

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Resist Resits

Sometimes an idea comes along that is so distasteful, so against all that you believe to be right, that you have to stand up and say “No”. If the Government is planning to implement that idea as a policy, then … Continue reading

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No Country for Young Creatives

   There are various ways to try and get your children to achieve the best possible results in their SATs tests, so that your school does well in league tables and avoids a data-related-forced-academisation-takeover disaster. You could trust that your … Continue reading

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Outside my Experience

Although you don’t have to have experienced something to understand it, experience helps a lot when it comes to avoiding misunderstandings. On today’s news there was a story about the Queen. She was overheard discussing a visiting Chinese delegation, and … Continue reading

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