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What is sufficient progress?

By James Pembroke / October 12, 2015 / 1 Comment

In the crazy world of competitive shin kicking, combatants apparently shout “Sufficient!” when they’ve had enough. I know how they feel. This whole issue of defining ‘sufficient progress’ feels like being kicked in the shins repeatedly. So, I thought I’d try to explain what it is and why attempting to set end of key stage…

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The Grim Fairy Tale of Teacher Assessment

By James Pembroke / October 6, 2015 / 9 Comments

It occurred to me recently that if statutory teacher assessment were a fairy tale it would be Cinderella. Loved and cherished in the Early Years, its future has become ever more uncertain, its status steadily undermined. Soothed by masters who, publicly at least, pay lip service to its value, teacher assessment is becoming increasingly sidelined,…

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