Using the disadvantage gap index, the disadvantage attainment gap at key stage 2 has decreased in each of the last seven years, narrowing by 3% in the latest year and 13.2% since 2011. New guidance available through the Education Endowment Foundation will help schools make good choices to improve their disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes.
Exams and qualifications
Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at a letter published in the Telegraph today, Monday 19 August, from former Education Secretary Lord Baker to the current Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson.
Today’s blog looks at Action for Children’s report ‘Choose Childhood’, examining the quality of childhood experiences in today’s society. We also look at the interim stats on this year’s Key Stage SATS and the value of high-level apprenticeships.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb wrote in the Times today to stress the importance and value of GCSEs as pupils start their exams this week. This week pupils in England are taking the first of this year’s GCSEs. Those who …
Numbers play a big part in our lives from shopping, managing your money, and even cooking. The government fully funds maths courses up to GCSE to enable people to get the maths skills they need. But it’s never too later to improve your skills.
Our school sixth forms and colleges have a vital role to play in making sure people have the skills they need to get on in life. That is why we have protected the base rate of funding for 16 to 19 year olds until 2020. We continue to allocate further funding for specific needs such as an extra £500m for providers to support disadvantaged students.
The Education Secretary recognises that the lead up to GCSEs and A-levels can be a stressful period for pupils, but also notes the importance for young people in being able to deal with the challenges they’ll face in life, including developing the resilience and coping mechanisms to deal with challenging experiences such as exams.
In response to calls for SATs to be discontinued, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds wrote an op-ed for the Sunday Telegraph on 21 April, setting out the importance of primary school assessments to ensure that children are developing and progressing in education.
The Key Stage 2 tests help to ensure primary schools are teaching children the fundamentals of reading, writing and maths, and help reassure parents that schools are laying the foundations for their children to succeed at secondary school and beyond.
Today’s Education in the Media blog includes an op-ed from the Education Secretary, and good news of a teacher from Birmingham making the Top 10 shortlist for the Global Teacher Prize.