Category Archives: Testing

Boycott Baseline

There has to be a baseline test Your school must outdo all the rest No matter that they’re only four No time to waste, we must do more. There has to be a baseline test For only some can be … Continue reading

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“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good (wo)men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke Erm, so what's the thinking behind this? Anyone seen this before @MaryMyatt @nancygedge ?? — Cath Murray (@CathMurray_) October 17, 2017 … Continue reading

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The Blame Game

When Michael Wilshaw was HMCI, he had a very bad habit of announcing his opinions in The Sunday Times. One particularly striking moment was when he called for a “Renaissance of Respect” in the nation’s schools, which first of all … Continue reading

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Don’t PISA Me Off

In a week that has been dominated by talk of testing, yesterday brought what felt to me like the final straw. As if it wasn’t bad enough that correctly placed semi colons have been marked incorrect, for no obvious reason, and … Continue reading

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SATsholm Syndrome

Please tell me that they shouldn't be this harsh! — Mrs Dolby (@MrsDolby) July 4, 2017 It’s hard to know where to start with what a convoluted mess our accountability system is in, but this tweet seems like a … Continue reading

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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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