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The Rose Report on phonics: playing fast and loose with ‘the evidence’

Agitation about synthetic phonics and the Clackmannanshire experiment by Nick Gibb, then an opposition MP, had two outcomes: a systematic review of research (led by Carole Torgerson) and a committee of enquiry (chaired by Jim Rose). Torgerson’s research review came … Continue reading

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Deciding ‘ability’ and ‘potential’, or learning without limits

Alison Peacock is becoming very widely known, and rightly so, for her advocacy of learning without limits, and her challenge to core assumptions of the English education system with its constant sorting and ranking, ability tables and setting. The world … Continue reading

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Testing grammar to destruction

A recent post argued that the new National Curriculum works on the flawed assumption that children need to be taught hundreds of complex rules in order to speak, read and write well. The problems in the new KS1 and KS2 … Continue reading

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Baby Pinpin makes her mark

We publish an extract of William Nicholson’s wonderful novel for young readers ‘The Wind Singer’ to celebrate parents’ protests against testing. It begins on the morning of Pinpin Hath’s first test. She is two years old, and must be accompanied … Continue reading

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A great victory – let’s make it the first of many

We have just learnt that the government has abandoned baseline testing for 4 year olds. This was to have served as the starting line for “holding primary schools to account”. The plan was a mess from the start, and showed … Continue reading

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The datafication of childhood

A recent blog post reported on a new study for the NUT and ATL of the impact of baseline assessment. It focused on the way in which premature testing was changing children and the way they are seen, as well … Continue reading

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Bullying by numbers – its roots in neoliberalism

by Terry Wrigley, Visiting Professor, Northumbria University There is relentless pressure to raise standards – or rather scores – and it’s driving thousands of teachers to quit. The insatiable demands amount to bullying – bullying by numbers, reinforced by a … Continue reading

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The delusions of baseline testing

This post updates our earlier analysis of baseline testing, following a successful Freedom of Information request. It is clear that baseline tests are likely to make correct predictions of a child’s later achievement in about 4 cases out of every 10. … Continue reading

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Baseline testing: science or fantasy?

There’s nothing hidden in your head The Sorting Hat can’t see, So try me on and I will tell you Where you ought to be. The new Baseline Assessments are a new model of Sorting Hat imposed by the government on … Continue reading

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Achieving socially just education

by Diane Reay, University of Cambridge This briefing note outlines how both the testing regime and the segregation of children into different sets or streams increase failure and disadvantage rather than raising standards and ‘closing the gap’. It then deals … Continue reading

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