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Improving school improvement: how LAs use FFT to support and challenge schools

By James Pembroke / September 23, 2014 / 6 Comments

Despite the reduction in scale and scope of local authority education services over the past few years, their school improvement remit remains. LAs have a responsibility to support and challenge schools, to intervene where necessary and to help drive up standards; the aim being for all pupils to have access to a good standard of…

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2B or not 2B, that is the question

By James Pembroke / September 16, 2014 / 9 Comments

I’ve visited a number of schools in the past couple of weeks and nearly all of them intend to continue tracking with levels for all cohorts for this term at least (fine for years 2 and 6, of course). This doesn’t surprise me – it’s the comfort of the familiar – but it’s a bodge…

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No attainment gaps please, we’re intelligent.

By James Pembroke / September 5, 2014 / 0 Comments

If there’s one phrase I hear in the course of my professional life that’s guaranteed to result in my forehead colliding with a desk multiple times in quick succession (or wall if I’m standing up), it’s ‘attainment gaps’, especially if it’s preceded by the words ‘can you provide me with some….’ and followed by a question…

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