Monthly Archives: October 2022

Schools Like Yours – Updated for 2022 – Education Datalab blog

We’ve been hard at work over the past few months giving our Schools Like Yours tool a makeover. For the uninitiated, Schools Like Yours is a free tool designed to help you benchmark your school against similar schools, giving you … Continue reading

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Teacher-led vs student-led lesson activities – David Didau: The Learning Spy

For as long as I’ve been writing about education many commentators have argued that teaching should seek to balance teacher-led and student-led activities. Although this is often presented as self-evidently obvious, it rather begs the question. But what’s so great … Continue reading

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Key Stage 4 2022: The national picture – Education Datalab blog

This is the second part of a two-part post on the latest Key Stage 4 data, published earlier today. You can read the first part here. Today the government has published the latest data on secondary school performance, along with other … Continue reading

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Key Stage 4 2022: The picture at school level – Education Datalab blog

This is the first part of a two-part post on the latest Key Stage 4 data, published earlier today. You can read the second part here. Today the government has published the latest data on secondary school performance. This is, … Continue reading

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What’s Progress 8 good for? Lower-attaining pupils – Education Datalab blog

Later this week the Department for Education (DfE) will publish provisional Progress 8 measures for secondary schools for the first time in two years. Quite how much we will be able to read into measures of school performance given the … Continue reading

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Gapless instruction vs ‘teaching to the top’ – David Didau: The Learning Spy

Over the years I’ve recommended that teachers ‘teach to the top’ on too many occasions to count. For the most part, I’ve caveated this by included the need to ‘scaffold down,’ but, honestly, I’ve come to believe that the phrase … Continue reading

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The incidence of special educational needs since the introduction of the new Code of Practice – Education Datalab blog

Back in 2018 we tracked the incidence of special educational needs (SEN) of a single cohort from Reception in 2004/05 to the end of Year 11 in 2016/17. Here we found that 44% of pupils had been recorded as having … Continue reading

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Using mini whiteboards in English – David Didau: The Learning Spy

According to TeacherTapp, 72% primary and 45% secondary teachers use mini whiteboards (MWBs.) There are big variations between different subjects in secondaries with 69% of MFL and 57% science teachers claiming to use them but just 28% of English teachers. … Continue reading

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Implementing English: five useful teaching strategies – David Didau: The Learning Spy

Working across 43 schools means I get to see a lot of English lessons and talk to a fair number of English teachers. I’ve learned from every single one of our schools and, working with my colleagues in the English … Continue reading

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