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Progess 8 and Attainment 8: an overview

What are they?Up until 2016, all students and schools were measured on how many good GCSE's they achieved at A*- C, including English and mathematics.In October 2013, the government announced that a new secondary school accountability system would be implemented from 2016. It included two new headline measures, Attainment 8...
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Facilitating subjects are more important than ever – but what are they?

"I want Britain to be a place where advantage is based on merit, not privilege. Where it's your talent and hard work that matter, not where you were born, who your parents are or what your accent sounds like."When prime minister Theresa May set out her vision for Britain in September 2016, social mobility was high on the agenda. Educators often fin...
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Do you know your free schools from your academies? Here’s our guide to secondary schools in England

We've all been there – you know you should know how academies and free schools differ, but since it doesn't make the daily grind of planning, assessment and teaching any easier, you have never had a moment to get your head around it.Our latest instalment of the bite size policy digest gives you a brief overview of all the different types of seconda...
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EBacc overview

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) was first announced on 6th September 2010 by the Secretary of State for Education. Further details were released through the Schools White Paper of November 2010.The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure, not a qualification, for schools in England. It was first applied in the 2010 school performan...
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Count us in: what is maths mastery and how can schools in the UK get involved?

In the latest international Pisa tests, carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 22% of 15-year-olds in the UK performed at the lowest level of mathematics proficiency. In practice, this means they may be unable to carry out simple tasks, such as recognising that travelling four kilometres in 10 minutes means going...
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