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Running to stand still

By James Pembroke / June 27, 2015 / 1 Comment

Yesterday I re-read this from @edudatalab and, following an enlightening discussion with @meenaparam, I took the red pill and discovered that the VA rabbit hole goes deeper than I previously thought.  Much is made of the issue of progress in junior schools and their correspondingly poor Ofsted outcomes. I’ve tweeted about the problem numerous times and have written…

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Tracked by the Insecurity Services

By James Pembroke / June 17, 2015 / 2 Comments

Last night @LizzieP131 tweeted this: Which was followed by this: In the past week I’ve been told by headteachers using one particular system that their pupils need to achieve 70% of the objectives to be classified as ‘secure’ whilst another tracking system defines secure as having achieved 67% of the objectives (two thirds). The person…

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Assessment

By James Pembroke / June 5, 2015 / 1 Comment

One of my favourite scenes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy involves the Golgafrinchans who, having been tricked off their own planet, find themselves on Earth and set about trying to colonise it. The following video clip shows their attempt at inventing the wheel. It’s an amusing and apt analogy that regularly pops into…

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