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SLT 6.3 Editorial: After the Govian Deluge

With Gove gone, a deafening silence seems to have descended upon the DfE. It’s hard to even remember the new Secretary of State’s name – it’s Nicky something, isn’t it? But it gives one an idea, on reflection, of the mad frenzy of policy change and radical upheaval that characterised the Govian regime.

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SLT 6.3 Contents

What's in this issue?

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SLT 6.3 Points

Primary sports funding having positive impact on engagement; attainment of disadvantaged pupils shockingly low; secondary maths teaching doesn’t sufficiently prepare students for A Level; and more.

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Born to be bad?

Last month, Ofsted released a report blaming school leaders for not doing enough to prevent persistent low-level disruption from interrupting other students’ learning time – were they right to do so?

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Sexual health in science

Caving in to pressure from campaigners for better sex education, the new curriculum for GCSE science will include lessons on sexual health and STIs. As rates of infection rise among Britain’s young people, we ask: will the new curriculum go any way to reducing risky behaviour?

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SLT 6.3 Report Update

Cracking the code: How schools can improve social mobility; Read on. Get on.; Perceptions of A Levels, GCSEs and other qualifications in England; Young people, sex and relationships: The new norms

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Goodbye levels, hello Climbing Frames

What will you be using to replace the defunct National Curriculum levels? Sue Hackman, former adviser to the DfE, introduces her own simple yet thorough toolkit for tracking pupil progress under the new curriculum – Climbing Frames – out this month in association with Imaginative Minds.

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Putting pupils at the heart of assessment

Assessment has to be more than simply pointing out who can do what and who can’t – it has to help pupils progress. Here, the UK’s leading formative assessment expert, Shirley Clarke, looks at the top ways schools are using their new-found freedom from levels to make assessment count for every child.

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The case for mixed-ability teaching

The question of whether pupils should be taught in mixed-ability groupings or set according to ability is one that no one in the UK education system seems to be able to agree on. The present government is certainly a supporter of ability grouping, but what do the children think? Sue Lyle investigates.

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Giving young people the skills to lead

Teaching ‘soft’ leadership skills such as assertiveness, adaptability, and empathy is often undervalued in formal education, yet these are the very skills young people will need to succeed in the workplace. Louise Kinnaird offers some practical strategies to start building these skills now and secure successful leaders for the future.

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A team approach to closing the achievement gap

An innovative new programme is aiming to break the link between poverty and poor outcomes by bringing together heads, teachers and TAs from a trio of schools to share best practice. Mariella Wilson reports.

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Engaging families in raising achievement

Schools are often told to do ‘more’ to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier counterparts, but is there a limit to how much they can do? Janet Goodall says it’s time we stop expecting schools to shoulder the burden alone, and instead work to engage families and the broader community in improving outcomes.

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ICT leasing – The best way to cope with shrinking budgets?

Will teaching the new computing curriculum stretch your hardware to the limit? Philip White explains why leasing could be a viable answer for schools looking to update their ICT facilities, and offers some advice on getting the most for your money.

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How class blogs can improve writing

Could blogging be the answer to engaging all children in developing their writing skills – even the most reluctant? Myra Barrs and Sarah Horrocks describe the surprising benefits of a more spontaneous, laid-approach to writing.

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Tackling NEETs in primary school - An update

By the time a young person is NEET, it may be too late to help them. Last year, Annette Jones introduced us to an exciting project aiming to tackle youth unemployment at its roots by targeting children in primary school – now she provides an update on its resounding success.

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Manager’s Briefcase: Addressing mental health concerns

Suzanne O’Connell provides a summary of the document, ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools: Departmental advice for school staff’, plus some practical materials based upon the advice it gives, including a mental health referral form and a list of strategies identified by the DfE for addressing specific mental health needs.

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