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What makes the difference? Reflections on the NFER’s analysis of the performance of Academies

The observations that follow are personal reflections, albeit informed by the work EdisonLearning has done with the National Association of Headteachers in developing, delivering and evaluating the NAHT Partner Schools Programme. The NFER published a meticulous review of the performance of Academies in June[1]. The results indicate, for both primary and secondary schools, that there [...]

July 19th, 2016|

Assessment Clarification

The NAHT has published the following information about schools’ assessment experience this year. 86% of respondents to an NAHT survey said that the KS2 reading test was significantly harder than expected. The threshold or "pass mark" has not been set for KS2. If all schools get lower scores, the expected standard (the actual raw score [...]

July 5th, 2016|

School Website Requirements are changing again!

From 1 September 2016, there will be new requirements about what schools must publish on their websites. Changes to the information to be included about Key Stage 2 assessment are being introduced because of the way performance measures are changing. There are also changes to the information to be published about the pupil premium, as [...]

July 5th, 2016|

CMRE report on leadership in education

The Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education (CMRE) has just published a provocative report on leadership in education. Their view is that the conventionally espoused idea of effective leadership as a one way process of influencing/motivating followers and bringing about innovation is not supported by research or helpful in the national policy [...]

June 30th, 2016|

NEW Science Guidance and Achievement Statements

We are continually revisiting and updating our materials. Recently our focus has been on Science – see Newsletter Summer 1. The Science Guidance has been updated May 2016 and includes the new Science Achievement Statements. These are also available as a separate document. The statements are taken directly from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study [...]

June 27th, 2016|

Congratulations to Our Lady of Ransom Primary

Our Lady of Ransom Primary in Rayleigh, Essex are a great example of what can be achieved through committed partnership working. The school has used a number of non-pupil days for partnership development work with all staff from the beginning of the programme. Well considered implementation and reflection has ensured that strategies are embedded. Their [...]

June 17th, 2016|

ADOPT, ADAPT, CREATE – Looking for progress in Science

Our school in the Spotlight this time is West Borough Primary School, Maidstone, Kent. The school is just moving into continuing partnership having been a case study school in the South Region of the NAHT Aspire Pilot. Hazel Hyder, Science and D&T Curriculum Manager was tasked by Ashley Crittenden, Head Teacher to devise something that [...]

May 23rd, 2016|

Congratulations to Collingwood Primary School

Congratulations to Collingwood Primary School who achieved Good outcomes at their recent inspection! Collingwood Primary is a great example of what can be achieved through determined use of partnership strategies. In 2013 their Ofsted report stated that: ‘Teaching is not consistently good across the school. Some teachers do not have high enough expectations, particularly [...]

May 23rd, 2016|

Accolades and national endorsement for NAHT Aspire

#NAHT2016 - Independent research shows NAHT’s Aspire project a credible pathway for school improvement Today (Sunday 1 May) school leaders’ union NAHT publishes an independent report into its Aspire programme. The Aspire programme was piloted in a most challenging way, working alongside groups of primary schools across England in the ‘requires improvement’ category in [...]

May 1st, 2016|

Successful BSI ISO9001 Recertification

We are delighted to report on the success of our BSI ISO9001 recertification visit, which took place on 15th April 2016. The ISO 9001 quality management system is the world’s most widely recognised quality management standard and outlines ways to achieve, as well as benchmark, consistent performance and service. The objective of the visit was [...]

April 29th, 2016|