Personal Learning Journey

The whole of education is underpinned by the relationship between the teacher and pupil. As the quote above from Sidney Hook states, you don't remember how you were taught but you do remember who taught you and what an inspiration they were. You remember the relationship that you formed with your teacher - the personal connection between you that remains with you to this day. Every pupil has their own personal learning journey. Teachers have the power to inspire and encourage. Every step of the way, the pupil learns something new - guided and instructed by their teacher and so learn what motivates them, what inspires them and what they want to become as they become older. Over time, they will grow in knowledge, confidence and learn so much about themselves and the world around them. Remember these wonderful and true words from Ross Crockett.. “If there’s anyone who is in a position to bring positive change into the world...
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Multiplication Tables Check

The multiplication tables check (MTC) is optional for primary schools in 2021. The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is aKey Stage 2 Assessment to be taken by pupilsat the end of year 4. The purpose is to determine whether Y4 pupilscan fluently recall their multiplication tables. https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wi1UJm27q4Q The test will consist of 25 questions, together with 3 practice questions. Pupils will have 6 seconds to answer each question, with 3 seconds between each question. Please note that you will not get a report on the number of marks each pupil gets when they "Try It Out". However, there is nothing to stop teachers from monitoring their pupils' tests and keeping their own unofficial score. MTC Administration The MTC administration can be accessed from the top menu bar of the Primary Assessment Gateway. This has replaces the NCA tools website, and is usually for headteachers and other super users. The pupil register will be pre-populated with your year 4 pupils. Additional pupils can be added into the pupil register...
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Year 7 Transition QLA – A Flying Start

What helps pupils make a successful Transition to Secondary School? We surveyed secondary schools up and down the country asking about Transition. Every school and area has a different way of working. Some involve days in school and others involve immediate testing. Some can involve both. However, if you are looking for a way to make immediate progress with your new Year 7 pupils - nothing beats Question Level Analysis. Your new Year 7 pupils have already taken six standardised tests in May. The KS2 SATs give a validated indication of each of your students strengths and weaknesses and the results are available every year - broken down to performance in each individual question. With appropriate analysis, this can prove to be a fantastic tool to help secondary staff bridge the progress gap that exists across KS3. A recent report into how data was used in schools showed that whilst 62% of teachers said that KS2 results are used to set...
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Ofsted Inspection Judgements and IDACI

On 14 January 2020 Ofsted released data regarding its latest judgements as of 31 December 2019. Now that 4 months have passed since the introduction of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, there are sufficient schools to do a meaningful analysis of trends under this new framework. There is a correlation between deprivation and attainment, but is there one between deprivation and Ofsted's judgements, and has it changed from previous years? This article will use the IDACI measure as a measurement of deprivation. IDACI is the official Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index, which measures the proportion of children aged 0-15 who live in income deprived households in each area. The Ofsted data includes this data by dividing the country into 5 quintiles, going from least deprived to most deprived. This article will also largely consider Ofsted's Full Inspections only - more details are at the bottom of this article. This article has considered those inspections which resulted in an Overall Effectiveness judgement of Outstanding, Good,...
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National Funding Formula 2020-2021

On 11 October 2019, the provision allocations for schools for 2020-2021 was released. You can see the percentage increase for your school, and for neighbouring schools, on the display below. Red indicates a per-pupil increase of around the minimum of 1.84%.Orange indicates a per-pupil increase of around 4-6%.Blue indicates a per-pupil increase of more than around 6%. var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1570789000233'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; ...
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Year 7 Catch-up Premium

How well is your school using the additional funding for pupil premium and Year 7 Catch up? Ofsted will be looking for how you are supporting your new Year 7. The 2019 Ofsted Inspection Handbook says: In evaluating progress in literacy and mathematics, inspectors will take into account the progress of those for whom the Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides support. [In Outstanding schools,] Governors systematically challenge senior leaders so that the effective deployment of … Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium … secures excellent outcomes for pupils. In Outstanding Schools.. The following quotes are taken from Ofsted Inspection Reports of Outstanding secondary and all-through schools in 2018/19: Leaders use additional funding very effectively for disadvantaged pupils and those in Year 7 who need extra help to catch up with others. … Year 7 pupils who join the school with low starting points are provided with targeted support to improve their reading. Pupils benefit from work that closely matches their abilities and...
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What makes a Good Question Level Analysis?

Over the last few years, Primary School Heads and teachers have been offered many different versions of Question Level Analysis to help with curriculum planning and future SATs preparation. QLA really is a useful tool. It helps teachers better prepare pupils and to refine the curriculum to secure those marginal gains. By looking at how your pupils performed, you can see exactly where you will want to make changes for next year. . What to look for in a good Question Level Analysis? Here are our TOP 10 Questions to Ask... . 1) Do you have to search in many places or is it delivered in one go? Remember the aim of this analysis is to save you time as a head/teacher so you are not searching through lots of data to find the answer. You need something that does all that for you. . 2) Does the analysis look at Individual Questions or just general topics?  Most Question Analysis actually only gives you the heads up around different topics but what if, you wanted...
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Ofsted’s concerns regarding Curriculum Design

In our previous article, we had a look at Ofsted indicators regarding strong/weak Curriculum Design. In this article, we'll have a look at some of Ofsted's concerns. Curriculum Design What is curriculum? Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, has said: The curriculum really is the most important thing to think about as educators. As I said earlier, it’s the ‘what’. The very essence of what we want children to learn. It’s how we prepare them, as best we can, for what they might face next. And to leave children unprepared is, frankly, a dereliction of duty, I’m sure you’d agree. ...Sequencing does have a part to play here. ... So a degree of signposting, of showing children the way, is needed. It’s not enough to simply put everything out there and hope that something sticks.This isn’t about having some beautiful tick list of what a child should do, and when. If a child is having difficulty with something, it’s about stepping in to...
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Ofsted’s assessment of Curriculum

In previous articles, we took a look at what Ofsted's inspections under the new Inspection Framework will look like from September 2019, and how they may assess Work Scrutinies and Lesson Visits. In this article, we will look at how Ofsted may assess Curriculum design, based on the results of a research project. However, this information is only provisional, and may be different when the inspections start in September 2019. However, this may be useful in working on Ofsted's general approach. Assessment of Curriculum The 25 indicators used in the research model will no doubt be narrowed down by the first inspections in September 2019. They revolved around: Intent Rationale, Ambition, Concepts, Implementation Subject leadership, Subject knowledge, Equitable delivery, Planning the progression model, Breadth and depth, and Assessment. Of the 25 quality indicators, Ofsted's research has found that some of them were either more highly correlated with each other in models or were considered by Inspectors are more essential. These are: Intent There is a clear and coherent rationale for the curriculum design. The curriculum is at least as...
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Ofsted’s Deep Dives from September 2019 onwards

In our previous article, we took a look at what Ofsted's inspections under the new Inspection Framework will look like from September 2019. In this article, we will look at our summary of Ofsted's research about the "Deep Dives" to see what Ofsted may be looking for. It should be noted that: The Deep Dives are principally to gather evidence in relation to "quality of education", and the lesson visits can also gather evidence in relation to "behaviour and attitudes".These lists should not be used as a "box-ticking" exercise. For example, Ofsted does not want to see "Ofsted lessons".This is not a definitive list, and the final version may vary from the below (Ofsted describes them as "illustrative"). However, this should show the direction of travel that Ofsted is going. Lesson Visits/Observations For its research, Ofsted created a set of 18 indicators, which were grouped into three main themes: Curriculum,Teaching, andBehaviour. It should be noted that "Teaching" is used rather than "Learning", as research shows that it...
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