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The Nuclear Option

By James Pembroke / December 20, 2018 / 1 Comment

I guess we’ve been building up to this. As Sean Harford announced at a recent conference that, under the new Ofsted framework, inspectors will “ignore all tracking data”, delegates experienced a collective jaw-drop moment. We sat up like Meerkats, alert, turning to one another in bewilderment with silent questions on our lips: “what the….?”. (This…

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Assessment by numbers

By James Pembroke / December 6, 2018 / 1 Comment

I once sat in on a series of demos of primary school tracking systems for a large MAT. At lunchtime the CEO – a secondary head by trade – sat with his head in his hands and asked: “how have we reached the point where we have so little faith in teachers’ judgement that we…

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