How do students achieve that elusive Grade 9 in GCSE English?

How do students achieve that elusive Grade 9 in GCSE English?

In August 2017, we waited with bated breath to receive the first bout of 1-9 grades from the new English Language and Literature GCSEs. We’d been promised only a handful of Grade 9s across the entire country, but in the end over 2000 pupils achieved straight Grade 9s. The crème de la crème of GCSE attainment suddenly seemed obtainable and sights are now firmly on this summer’s exams.

The ‘intolerable’ burden of resourcing for the new specifications

The ‘intolerable’ burden of resourcing for the new specifications

In their recent report on the new national curriculum, the Policy Exchange think tank concluded frankly that “the workload demand on teachers creating almost all of their resources themselves is intolerable”.
It is no wonder, then, that both the Policy Exchange and the Independent Teacher Workload Group have called for schools to invest in teaching resources.

Improving learning outside the classroom and addressing workload at St Paul’s Academy

Improving learning outside the classroom and addressing workload at St Paul’s Academy

I came to my role as Vice Principal for Teaching & Learning at a time of significant change to the curriculum and the impact it has made on teacher and student workload. In the light of more terminally assessed linear exams, I had to urgently address students taking greater responsibility for their own knowledge and enable targeted, effective homework and revision.

Effective assessment at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College

Effective assessment at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College

“Doddle is a really good assessment tool because it gives us a profile of what students can and can’t do. With the old National Curriculum levels system, it was impossible to allocate a level to an individual activity so you always got a best-fit number, which didn’t really mean anything. But with Doddle students know exactly what it is they have to work on to improve.”