Year 7 Transition QLA – A Flying Start

What can help 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. Most focus first on getting to know their pupils with activity days in school or a mock timetable. This is really important. But what about academic transition. Some schools test their pupils immediately themselves but this can be very time consuming and involve lots of marking for staff. It also makes the start of term even more daunting for pupils. Surely there must be another way... 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. So if you are looking for a way to make immediate progress without testing your...
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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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