Tanya Parker

Here comes summer!

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While that title has probably got you thinking about beaches, sunglasses and relaxing with a good book, this blog is about getting ready for the bit before that – the summer term. With two-thirds of this academic year already under…

Tanya Parker

Data for Governors

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Governors have an important role to play as a critical friend to schools, and the relationship with the governing board is one that many school’s really value. Ofsted has often demonstrated that effective schools have effective Leadership and Management, of…

Tanya Parker

Easy tips for classroom based assessment

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Too often, assessment is seen as just another thing to do when you’ve finished the actual business of teaching. There is a danger in thinking about assessment as purely a way to gather data that enables tracking rather than as…

Tanya Parker

Time to re-focus on formative?

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Back in October last year, Justine Greening published a written statement which contained many welcome announcements about statutory assessment whilst also recognising a ‘need to now set out a longer term, sustainable approach’. It promised no changes to statutory assessment…

Tanya Parker

DfE encourages tablet use with new scheme

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As budgets continue to be stretched, we know that any opportunity to save some money will be welcomed. In case you missed it last week, the DfE released news of a new scheme that’s being launched to help schools, academies…

Jodie Lopez

Ofsted myths: let’s break some old habits

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Is it time to plan some New Year’s resolutions? In our recent Have you embraced your new found freedom? blog we talked about the opportunity that schools have been given to do what’s best for their students, and not just…

Jodie Lopez

Progress data: balancing the traditional and the new

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Many schools have asked us recently if it’s OK to still use “traditional” methods like points progress when looking at their data. Classroom Monitor does still support you with this. Our blog this week looks at the choices you have of using…

Jodie Lopez

Have you embraced your new found freedom?

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On Saturday 5th November I attended the Learning First conference in Sheffield. A grassroots movement which focuses on life after levels, the conference hosted a huge array of speakers from academia, schools, MATs and more. One person in particular who…

Jodie Lopez

Have you recreated levels?

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That’s a tricky question to ask, isn’t it? Now that the new curriculum is becoming more embedded and we know what the end of Key Stage assessments look like (let’s assume Justine Greening doesn’t change her mind and everything does…