Tag Archive: primary

Life after levels – presenting some ideas on primary testing


Some of the team recently gave a presentation about the challenges (and potential opportunity) of recent changes to primary school assessment, with press coverage in the Independent. This is a tricky topic and one where feelings are running high amongst the profession. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.   Primary school testing…

Pocket Watch – Holding primary education to account


To download the PDF please click here 2013/55 Introduction A change of personnel but a familiar tone as David Laws rather than Michael Gove launched the consultation this week on primary assessment and accountability. The theme was “delivering a step change in aspirations and attainment”  with primary education now to be focused on ensuring that…

Primary Policy Watch – 2012 round-up


To download the PDF please click here 2012/4 If 2011 was about Michael Gove setting out his stand for education, 2012 has seen a number of key initiatives come to fruition. Primary Policy Watch offers a round-up of some of the key policy events of the year, and looks forward to the next steps in…

Primary Policy Watch – Summer Round-up


Introduction Welcome back to a new school year that’s already shaping up to be just as politically turbo-charged as the last one. David Cameron set the tone last week with a speech opening one of the 24 new free schools in England. Declaring educational debate ‘over’, he claimed that ‘it’s clear what works. Discipline works….

The Bew Review


Primary Policy Watch – the Bew review The elephant in the room has finally been acknowledged. Recent attempts to reform primary education have been compromised by the belief that, whatever the fine words of the curriculum might say, it’s what’s being tested that really matters. It’s all very well talking about a broad and balanced…

Subject to change’ launch event: Tuesday 19 April 2011


Our new report, ‘Subject to change: should primary schools structure learning around subjects or themes?’, was launched at a lively event in London. Julie McCulloch, Policy Manager at the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning and author of the report, began by summarising its main findings. We then heard three inspiring presentations from Alison Peacock…

Primary Policy Watch – National Curriculum Review


Primary policy watch: National Curriculum Review [2011/2] ‘We have taken a serious wrong turn and we need to be brought back to the road travelled by the most successful education systems around the world.’ So claimed Michael Gove, as he launched the government’s review of the national curriculum last month. He described an apocalyptic vision…