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The rate at which pupils left the state-funded mainstream school sector fell during the pandemic (but not among pupils with EHC plans) – Education Datalab blog

In this blogpost, we’re going to return to the question of the extent to which pupils left mainstream schools during the pandemic, which we began to look at here. This might happen for one of the following reasons: moves to … Continue reading

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To what extent is the KS2 disadvantage gap explained by pupil absence? – Education Datalab blog

Earlier this month the DfE published provisional Key Stage 2 attainment statistics. The big story was the widening of the disadvantage gap, which we dug into a little here. Today we’re going to look at the relationship between attainment and … Continue reading

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Developing Skilled Readers (Knowledge + Strategy) – The Confident Teacher

Take a read of this passage, entitled ‘An Encounter at Sea’, from the 2017 reading comprehension SATs paper. Can you predict what happens next? What did you predict? Did you assume the ‘encounter’ was a dolphin (noting their mention in … Continue reading

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Does writing *really* matter in art and design? – The Confident Teacher

What do you assume are the skills of a successful art and design pupil? Perhaps you consider an understanding of perspective and proportion, colour and tone, or knowledge of different media, all deployed with creativity. We know pupils must do … Continue reading

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Digging further into the Key Stage 2 attainment gap – Education Datalab blog

*Update 8th September 10.22. We have updated the tables to correct errors in original calculations. This doesn’t affect any findings* Yesterday’s provisional Key Stage 2 statistics showed a worrying increase in the disadvantage gap index since the start of the … Continue reading

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Why teaching academic vocabulary matters – The Confident Teacher

A new school year begins, full of old routines and new challenges. It is only natural to seek out novel ideas to start the year afresh, but we should be wary they are not at the expense of long-held priorities … Continue reading

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Key Stage 4 attainment in 2022: The headlines – Education Datalab blog

To coincide with making available reports from the 2022 Key Stage 4 Early Results Service, we’re publishing some headline Key Stage 4 indicators for 2022. This is based on data provided by 1,700 state-funded secondary schools. All bar 30 are … Continue reading

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Independent schools might not have gamed the system but the grades they awarded in 2020 and 2021 were still unfair – Education Datalab blog

The publication last week of GCSE and A-Level results following the return of exams shone the spotlight again on the grades awarded by independent schools during the pandemic when grades were awarded by schools. We had previously expressed doubts about … Continue reading

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Why don’t more pupils study modern foreign languages at GCSE? – Education Datalab blog

When this year’s GCSE results came out, we were surprised to see that entries to Spanish had fallen. We’d actually predicted – based on provisional data – that they’d increase, and that entries to languages overall would be up. This … Continue reading

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Some more things we’ve learned about schools’ GCSE results – Education Datalab blog

We’ve so far collected 2022 GCSE data from over 1,000 state-funded secondary schools covering 174,000 pupils, roughly a third of the national cohort. The data used in this blogpost is from our 2022 GCSE Early Results Service.  As well as … Continue reading

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