• Phonics check 2018 pass mark announced

    The pass mark for the phonics screening check will remain at 32 this year, the Department for Education has announced. It is the seventh year in a row that the test’s pass mark has been set at this level. Details of the pass mark have been published today, along with test materials, scoring guidance and

    9.07 Jun. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Disadvantaged pupils' maths attainment sees England fall behind

    England needs to double the number of disadvantaged pupils who achieve the top GCSE grades in maths to catch up with the best-performing countries around the world, according to new Education Policy Institute (EPI) research. Just one in 10 disadvantaged pupils in England achieve a grade 7, 8 or 9 in GCSE maths, while nearly twice

    0.01 Apr. 19th, 2018 | News

  • PIRLS 2016: Well-stocked libraries don't improve reading scores

    A well-stocked school library has little impact on English pupils’ reading skills, according to an international literacy study. Year 5 pupils at schools with no school library achieved almost the same reading scores as those in schools with libraries containing over 5,000 books, according to the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). PIRLS

    9.00 Dec. 5th, 2017 | News

  • Pupils who record own learning make four months' progress in maths - and two other EEF trials

    A programme that develops pupils’ ability to reflect on their own learning has returned promising results for attainment in maths – but had negative impacts on reading, according to researchers. Evaluators at the University of Manchester found that 10-year-olds who took part in the ReflectED programme, in which they took photographs, made notes and kept

    9.47 Nov. 4th, 2016 | News