Every three years the OECD produce a league table of what 15 year olds around the world can achieve in reading, maths and science. This time, they have added a fourth dimension: problem solving. In this piece, Graham Birrell suggests the new PISA tests themselves pose more problems than they solve. With a heavy feeling […]
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I completely agree that all schools should use data to improve their teaching and learning – this is absolutely vital…I haven’t met many educationalists who don’t think schools should generate data; it seems the main focus of disagreement is what to do with it.
Some fairly blunt policies, like floor targets, have been used to drive change at the bottom end but data has led to better things across the board…I don’t know of any truly outstanding school that doesn’t use data about pupils well. It allows them to target resources on those that need them the most. Doing […]
The current education system has an overload of numbers. Everywhere you turn, there they are: from the percentage of passes at GCSEs, to SATs results, to Ofsted grades, to PISA scores, it just goes on and on. The amount of numerical data published on each school is mind blowing, if not mind numbing….I have a […]