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Converting 2018 KS2 scaled scores to standardised scores

By James Pembroke / November 6, 2018 / 1 Comment

Many schools are using standardised tests from the likes of NFER, GL and Rising Stars to monitor attainment and progress of pupils, and to predict outcomes; and yet there is lot of confusion about how standardised scores relate to scaled scores. The common assumption is that 100 on a standardised test (eg from NFER) is…

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2018 ASP summary template for primary schools

By James Pembroke / October 24, 2018 / 4 Comments

2018 version of ASP summary template free to download here. Some tweaks on last year’s template – now takes account of time series and 3 year average. Feel free to modify, copy and share. Just credit the source and please download it first before attempting to complete it (it will open in Word online. To…

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Making expected progress?

By James Pembroke / October 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

’Expected progress’ was a DfE accountability measure until 2015. Inspectors must not use this term when referring to progress for 2016 or current pupils. Ofsted Inspection Update, March 2017. It’s an odd phrase, expected progress, as it seems to have two meanings. First, there is the expectation of the teacher, which is based on an in-depth…

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By James Pembroke / October 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

Here’s a thing. In conversations with senior leaders both online and in the real world, I often get asked about restricting access to data for teaching staff or even locking down tracking systems entirely. This seems to take two broad themes: 1) Limiting a teacher’s access to data that relates only to those pupils for…

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The Progress Delusion

By James Pembroke / September 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

I recently spoke to a headteacher of a primary school judged by Ofsted to be ‘requiring improvement’. The school has been on an assessment journey in the last couple of years, ditching their old tracking system with its ’emerging-developing-secure’ steps and expected progress of three points per year (i.e. levels), in favour of a simpler…

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New year, new direction

By James Pembroke / September 3, 2018 / 3 Comments

I’ve got a new job! After much deliberation I have accepted a position with Equin Ltd, the lovely people behind Insight Tracking. I’ve got to know Sarah and Andrew (directors) very well over the last few years and it’s no secret that I am a big fan of their system, which I’ve recommended to many…

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What I think a primary tracking system should do

By James Pembroke / July 9, 2018 / 4 Comments

I talk and write a lot about the issues with primary tracking systems: that many have reinvented levels, and are often inflexible and overly complicated. Quite rightly this means I get challenged to define what a good system looks like, and it’s a tricky question to answer, but I think I’m getting there now. I’ve…

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Arm yourself!

By James Pembroke / June 12, 2018 / 5 Comments

A headteacher recently told me she’d been informed by her LA advisor that “only ‘good’ schools can experiment and do what they like when it comes to assessment”. This fallacy has been trotted out so many times now that it has become embedded in the collective consciousness and headteachers have come to accept it. Perhaps…

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In search of simplicity

By James Pembroke / June 9, 2018 / 0 Comments

I’m a climber. Or at least I’d like to be. Back in the day I got out on rock loads, climbing routes all over the UK. From sea cliffs to mountain crags; from deep-wooded valleys to wild moorland edges, I would revel in the light and the textures, the exposure and the fear; and the…

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The changes ahead of us, the changes behind

By James Pembroke / May 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

Stop the world, I’m getting off In the four years since the removal of levels primary schools have had to contend with a staggering amount of change to almost every aspect of the accountability system. No longer are pupils achieving Level 4 or Level 5; now they are described as meeting ‘expected standards’ or achieving…

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