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The problem with progress: a guide for governors

By James Pembroke / July 16, 2020 / 7 Comments

Six years on from the government announcing its intention to get rid of levels, many schools are still struggling with the issue of how best to measure progress. An increasing number, however, are coming to realise an inconvenient truth: that maybe it just can’t be done and any attempt to do so is a waste…

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What is a tracking system for?

By James Pembroke / July 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

Before I get started answering this question, I want to make one thing clear: I’m not keen on the word ‘tracking’ in the context of school data management. I think it’s slightly sinister and misleading. Tracking is what hunters do; and what the military does with missiles. I think we need a better name. How…

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