Posted in Assessment, research, SEND, Uncategorized

Dyslexia: overlooked and left behind?

Every year, SATs results and other national testing shows that too many children and young people are not meeting expected levels in literacy, with 1 in 5 children leaving primary school below the national expected levels in reading, writing and mathematics.[1]

If you cannot learn to read, you cannot read to learn, and too many children are unable to access the curriculum due to poor reading skills. It is these children who then become disengaged and leave school with few, or no qualifications, resulting in significantly reduced opportunities. Continue reading “Dyslexia: overlooked and left behind?”

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The death of Mickey Mouse courses?

Balloon artistry, marzipan modelling and self-tanning could be among a number of courses running on borrowed time as ministers prepare to scrap these vocational qualifications widely derided as “Mickey Mouse” courses.

It has been revealed in the news recently that, under new government plans, up to 20,000 vocational courses are to be scrapped and replaced with 15 new qualifications for teenagers in England. Continue reading “The death of Mickey Mouse courses?”

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The end of the road for creativity?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have seen, or at least heard, recent news stories focussed on changes to the curriculum. What some of you may not know is that academies are not required to offer any arts or creative subjects in order to be seen as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Continue reading “The end of the road for creativity?”