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Responding to Policy Change

Policy Update

  • OFSTED have updated their Handbook for Schools. We have createda transcipt of the main changes.

  • The Department of Education has updated its review of what is considered the best strategies for supporting low-attaining year 7 pupils.  They highlight the importance of writing interventions for literacy but suggest there is less evidence on what works well for numeracy.  They also highlight the continued concern about the laco of a robust continuum of learning at the primary secondary transition phase

  • It looks like teachers may be recuited in a similar way to apprentices, where they learn on the job. This scheme is being launched next September for talented graduates.  There has been some concern that this could be seen as a way of recruiting teachers on the cheap.

  • The Standards and Testing agency have announced a change to the order of the English tests and a more flexible approach for English writing assessment in its latest publication announcing arrangements for the SATS next May.

         The principle is underpinned by three core values

  • Children and students first
  • Independence
  • Accountability and transparency

Another interesting communication from OFSTED is an update on research into the school curriculum.  It suggests these are areas of concern

  • Concern over the narrowing of the primary curriculum
  • Reduction of key stage 3 often to two years and a continued range of issues with transition from primary to secondary school
  • Weakensses in the provision of an alternative curriculum where it is needed
  • Improving the outcomes of low achieving pupils

There are bursaries available for teachers of English and Maths in further education.  These are for intial teacher training providers and trainees starting this year