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Embracing Data This is my first post and about a topic which I never thought I would write about or would be defending it: DATA, but I guess one just needs to stay open-minded. Assessment has been my interest for many years, but rather often I found myself polarising it against data.Read More
Joe Maguire on Twitter Would be interested to hear tips / experiences of primary colleagues who have abandoned ALL sets and groupings #LearningFirst @BeyondLevels There is a great deal of interest in this post from people visiting the site. You may also find Helen Hindle’s Mixed-Attainment Maths website of interest. Her website has been created to enable teachers of mixed-attainment maths classes to share resources and ideas. More
Doing differentiation differently? . . This post compares how we do differentiation with how it’s done elsewhere. It explores the tension within education policy between autonomy and pedagogical prescription through the ‘forensic analysis’ of recent ministerial speech content. It flags up the likelihood of further policy tensions following the recent (and welcome) shift from ‘no child left…    Read More
Learning or performance? Where are you? In thinking about assessment, data and ‘everything’, I was reminded about learning and performance orientations and realised what a great significance this concept continues to have. (Chris Watkins is the master in this area). I’ve made a kind of scale based on the idea of what certain school aspects might look like under a full… Welcome to this site – it’s a simple give-away site where IRead More
  Beyond Levels on Twitter LearningFirst conference in Sheffield is the beginning of a school-led initiative to address this lack of agency. …   Alison Peacock on Twitter Removal of baseline testing enables us all to put #learningfirst TES on Twitter Superhead @AlisonMPeacock writes of her relief over the #baseline u-turn   Beyond Levels on Twitter Great decision! #LearningFirst … Baseline assessments dropped as accountability measures, in major DfE U-turn Controversial baseline assessments ofRead More
The Secret of Effective Feedback Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas–superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.Read More
Whatever happened to the growth mindset? At one time, the ‘growth mind set’ was a phrase on every school leader’s lips and Carol Dweck, its progenitor, was the ‘it’ person in education. But where did it all lead? And where are we now in thinking about how pupils think about themselves as learners?Read More
If we are going to seize this agenda using Dame Alison’s notion of ‘professional courage‘, then we have to start making changes now, within our very own realms of power. We ask you to image what a difference you could make, if you resolved to make, just one small step towards the #LearningFirst vision, each week. Multiply that by the 500+ members of the #LearningFirst team. The impact could be phenomenal, so the moral imperativeRead More