In response to calls for SATs to be discontinued, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds wrote an op-ed for the Sunday Telegraph on 21 April, setting out the importance of primary school assessments to ensure that children are developing and progressing in education.
Last year 97.7% of parents got one of their top three choices, with 91% of these being their first choice. These numbers have been gradually improving since 2014 despite rising pupil numbers during this period. School standards have also been rising – 87% of primary schools are now rated Good or Outstanding, compared to 67% in 2010.
Early years pilots launched Schools are set to pilot improved measures to support children's early development in language and vocabulary in the Reception year, making sure they have the skills needed to thrive at school.
Today’s Education in the media blog looks at plans to do more to make sure children who are taught at home get the best education possible and research that shows the benefits of teaching Mandarin in schools.
Today’s Education in the media blog looks at the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study results that were published yesterday and the Barnardo’s survey about young carers.
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