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Einstein on SATs

Einstein captured the issue in a single sentence.  “Sometimes what counts can’t be counted, and what can be counted doesn’t count.”  With Maths in particular it’s possible to get very good marks in standardised tests just by applying various methods … Continue reading

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Schools Adjudicator to ban complaints from campaign groups

I am a proscribed organisation. I wasn’t even aware of the fact until I read Fiona Millar’s article for Guardian, School admissions, the dodgy practices need to stop.   Schools Adjudicator Dr Elizabeth Passmore has recommendation that ‘campaign groups’ should be … Continue reading

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“wholly or mainly …”

The Academies Act 2010 mandates that Academy schools, “provide education for pupils who are wholly or mainly drawn from the area in which the school is situated.”  To see how that works for Reading’s seven Academy secondary schools here’s an … Continue reading

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Local schools for local children

Studies have shown that children who walk or cycle to school concentrate better than those who are transported by car, train, or bus, children attending a local school cuts down on unnecessary travel and we’d like to see all publicly … Continue reading

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True league tables

Each year the DfE publish 500+ different metrics for all schools.  The mainstream media (Daily Telegraph,The Independent,The BBC,Daily Mirror) take just one measure from this wealth of information, the final GCSE results, and use this as the basis to tell … Continue reading

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CEM

The University of Durham’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) tests are being used to decide who gets a place at an increasing number of our state funded grammar schools.  Given the increased importance these tests are playing in the … Continue reading

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Information Security Policy

1. INTRODUCTION TRAK will be undertaking research, scholarship and learning and is heavily dependent on using information in whatever form and wherever it exists.  Because of its importance, we recognise that this organisation must protect its information assets.  We will … Continue reading

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