Non-retirement teacher wastage continues to rise

The November 2015 School Workforce Census, published today, shows that wastage out of the teaching profession has risen again to 10.6%. Teachers leave the profession when they unhappy with working conditions and when they can find other employment opportunities. These statistics suggest that it is teachers in secondary and special schools who are most currently [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Teacher careers|

Where have London’s disadvantaged pupils gone?

One of the most interesting figures in Tuesday’s statistical first release on pupils in state-funded schools was the fall in the percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals to the lowest level recorded since the introduction of the School Census in January 2002. Of course, it's well-known that free school meal eligibility is an [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Pupil demographics|

Can high stakes primary school testing ever serve the interests of children?

Earlier today at the Festival of Education I hosted a panel session with Jack Marwood and Michael Tidd that asked whether high stakes primary school tests can ever serve the interests of children. Michael Tidd has, through his blogs, tweets and newspaper column, publicly held the Government to account through the repeated missed deadlines on [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Inequalities in access to teachers in selective schooling areas

We recently published a report with the Social Market Foundation showing that schools serving more disadvantaged communities appeared to have greater difficulties in recruiting suitably qualified teachers. Ofsted contacted us to ask whether these inequalities were more or less pronounced in areas with selective secondary schooling because this has been an area of inquiry for them. [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Admissions, Teacher careers|

Was the Key Stage 2 maths extension paper a good predictor for future GCSE performance?

At our NPD training course last month we discussed the problem of what to do when a test is not universally sat by every pupil in every year. One good example is the Key Stage Two maths extension  paper, sat by some 11 year olds in the years up to 2002 and then between 2012 and [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Exams and assessment|