We explore the potential of innovative classroom assessment methods, as well as the impact of major exam reforms

Provisional KS4 data 2017: Has your Progress 8 score improved?

I’m not normally inclined to say “I told you so” but, in this case, it might be justified. Back in 2015, when the Department for Education announced the scores for old style GCSEs in 2017, Dave Thomson and I did some calculations to look at 'what if' the DfE 2016 and 2017 scoring systems were applied [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:05:40+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability, School improvement|

Provisional KS4 data 2017: North East secondary schools fall further behind the rest of the country

Last year at the Schools NorthEast Annual Summit I was delighted to talk to primary teachers and learn how they had become a high-performing region. Today I had less happy conversation with their secondary colleagues about why they are falling behind at GCSE. As the chart below shows, the North East has always scored poorly [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:06:46+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Provisional KS4 data 2017: A round-up

The EBacc continues to be ignored There was a slight fall in the percentage of pupils entered for all five subjects making up the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). Even so, the percentage entered for the science and humanities components actually increased. The fall in the headline EBacc entry rate was entirely due to a drop in [...]

Provisional KS4 data 2017: Comparing strong and standard GCSE pass rates

The 2017 GCSE English and maths papers were graded on the new nine-point scale (9-1) rather than the old eight-point scale (A*-G). The content and structure of the English and maths GCSEs have also been reformed at the same time. The rest of the GCSEs will follow suit over the next few years. The new [...]

By | 2017-11-10T11:03:40+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Provisional KS4 data 2017: How are free schools faring?

The first free schools opened in September 2011, and as most secondary free schools opened with only a single year group of pupils we’re only now starting to get results for many of these schools. A total of 49 mainstream free schools have results in this morning’s release of provisional 2016 Key Stage 4 results. [...]

By | 2017-11-10T11:03:49+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Provisional KS4 data 2017: Raising the floor

Schools’ provisional Progress 8 scores for 2017 were published today, having already been released to schools over a fortnight ago. This would have been a chastening experience for those falling below the floor standard of -0.5. On the surface, there are more of them this year than last. But is this fair? Changes to GCSE [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:06:18+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability, School improvement|

Provisional KS2 data 2017: Five key points from today’s release

1. The percentage of pupils achieving the higher standard has increased We already knew that the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths increased from 53% last year to 61% this year. And today’s release of provisional Key Stage 2 data shows that the percentage reaching the higher standard increased [...]

By | 2017-11-13T14:39:55+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

GCSE results day 2017: Good news about resits in English

[This post was updated at 18.15 on 24th August 2017 to amend 2016 figures for maths] One bit of good news from this year’s GCSE results is that the percentages of 17-year-olds in England achieving A*-C grades in English have gone up. However, working out by just how much they have improved is made slightly [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:55:36+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision|

GCSE results day 2017: It’s all about the (lack of) money, money, money

In England, the government has been trying to push schools into raising entries in the so-called EBacc subjects through its accountability metrics: the percentage entering and achieving the EBacc, and Progress 8. This is one reason why subject entries have been changing so much in recent years. However, another reason why they are changing is [...]

By | 2017-11-10T11:04:11+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|