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I Predict a Riot

By James Pembroke / May 19, 2016 / 5 Comments

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m easily misunderstood. I rock up somewhere to give a talk, start ranting about how we have to wean ourselves off our number addiction – stop trying to measure and quantify everything that moves (and if it doesn’t move, measure it until it does) – and people are left…

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The Future of Base Exploration

By James Pembroke / May 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

So, as we all know, the findings of the SQA’s comparability study have been reported and the three remaining baseline assessments (EEx, NFER, CEMS) have been deemed to be incomparable with one another. Wow! Really? The DfE attempted to convince us that they had intended to carry out this study all along, whereas I’m fairly…

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The Floor Show

By James Pembroke / May 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

‘This is the floorshow, the last ideal‘ – The Sisters of Mercy Yesterday, Twitter lit up with debate and disbelief over Nicky Morgan’s speech to NAHT. Much of the consternation related to her assertion that “this year…no more than 1% more schools will be below the floor standard than last year”. How could she guarantee…

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