Proof of Progress (PoP) tests

This year, 81 schools are using the new Proof of Progress Tests (PoP tests) from FFT to assess writing and conceptual understanding in maths at the start and end of Year 7.   The tests are designed to be sensitive to learning, but resistant to practice effects. In other words, we would only expect pupils [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:50:51+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Exams and assessment, News|

Revisiting how many language teachers we need to deliver the EBacc

Last year we said we thought we needed about 2,500 extra language teachers to deliver the manifesto commitment to teach the EBacc to all students at KS4. In 2015, 50% of students in state mainstream schools were entered for a GCSE language, so achieving universal provision is an enormous undertaking. Some of these students can [...]

By | 2017-05-22T16:55:30+00:00 March 11th, 2016|School accountability, Teacher careers|

Beware of the floor (unless you have a high attaining intake)

Last year we reported on how schools serving more affluent pupil communities are likely to achieve much better Progress 8 scores. It isn’t immediately obvious that this should be so, since the Attainment 8 GCSE score for a child is always compared to other children who scored exactly the same Key Stage Two (KS2) fine [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:50:22+00:00 March 4th, 2016|School accountability|