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Junior schools, the reception baseline, and a big question about the future of accountability.

By James Pembroke / June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

Following on from this blog post, questioning the potential reliability of progress measures in 2020, when the first cohort without KS1 levels reach the end of KS2, I thought I’d write another post on something that’s bothering me. Progress measures for junior and middle schools have always been problematic. Despite these schools having higher attainment…

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Building reports in Mosaic, Insight’s reporting tool for MATS

By James Pembroke / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

As well as providing a super-simple, highly-customisable tracking system for individual schools, Insight also offers an equally intuitive reporting tool for MATs. Called Mosaic, this clever system allows MATs to build reports that pull all their key data together in one place: current teacher judgements, standardised tests, results of statutory assessments, pupil contextual information, and…

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Should progress measures be scrapped for primary schools?

By James Pembroke / May 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

“But we need progress measures!” said the primary headteacher at a recent meeting, and this is a common response to the question of whether we could live without them. Understandably, schools that are prone to low attainment want progress measures to help mitigate the issues that low attainment inevitably brings. If key stage 2 results…

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How will KS2 progress be measured next year when we run out of KS1 levels? (and is it even worth it?)

By James Pembroke / April 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

This is the question I get asked these days (along with ‘if I use this code, does that mean this pupil will still be included in our results?’ but that’s for another day). I have tackled it before here, but thought it was due another visit. Four years ago we had two progress measures: levels…

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The pros and cons of standardised tests

By James Pembroke / April 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

Standardised tests are extremely useful. They provide an external reference of a pupil’s attainment, indicating whether it is below, above or broadly in line with national average; and give an idea of how pupils are progressing relative to other pupils nationally. They can help us understand what pupil’s do and don’t know whilst providing important…

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The reception baseline and the future of primary progress measures

By James Pembroke / March 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

The release of reception baseline framework in February has understandably generated a lot of buzz (and debate!) about the nature and purpose of the assessment, and has resulted in questions, particularly from early years teachers, about how progress will be measured in future. Much of the confusion seems to stem from the use of the…

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Introduction to Insight Essentials

By James Pembroke / February 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

Insight, like many tracking systems, allows users to record assessments against individual learning objectives. Schools using the full version of Insight can set up their own lists of objectives for any subject or intervention, and these can be edited, deleted or added to as required by the user. It is important to note that overall…

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The Progress Loophole of despair: an update

By James Pembroke / February 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

One of the outcomes of the primary assessment consultation is the removal of statutory teacher assessment in reading and maths at key stage 2, which comes into effect this year. It is important to note that there will not be a complete removal of teacher assessment in these subjects – pupils working below the standard…

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Breaking the scales

By James Pembroke / January 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

Someone tweeted me recently to ask what I thought about a school setting an expected rate of progress of 4 scale points from pupils’ KS1 test scores. A pupil scoring 100 on their KS1 test would therefore be expected to achieve 104 in their KS2 test, and – according to the source – they are,…

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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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