Raising school standards in Wales

This new curriculum will require a new approach to assessment generally. Assessment will focus more on helping learners to understand how they are performing and what they need to do next


This Week: Educational underachievement in Northern Ireland schools at a critical juncture by Paul McGlade

The Prince’s Trust said that the political situation in Northern Ireland is contributing to current educational challenges and warned that educational underachievement has become a ‘critical issue’


The 36th COBIS Annual Conference By James Neill

This week over 700 educators gathered at the wonderful setting of the Intercontinental London – The O2 for the 36th COBIS Annual Conference.


How standardised assessments can be used to help prepare for the new Curriculum for Wales

The Welsh Government make it clear that assessment for learning should not be directly linked to school accountability


This Week: The struggles of SENCos and the misdiagnosis of SEN by Tom Guy

Our guest editor Tom Guy on why decisions need to be informed by reliable, objective evidence


Assessment from a child’s eyes

Alfie Hawes (aged 9) provides some top tips for teachers as they approach assessment at the start of the new year


The use of diagnostic labels by Poppy Ionides

Educational Psychologist Poppy Ionides discusses the purpose – and flaws – of SEN labels.


The Promise the New Academic Diary Brings: A Fresh Start by Beccie Hawes

Beccie Hawes asks what can we do to inspire our pupils at the start of the new academic year?


Assessment in the new Ofsted framework by Suzanne O'Farrell

Suzanne O’Farrell asks how can we demonstrate that assessment information is being used in the right way - to identify pupils in need of support.


Assessment considerations for the new academic year by Greg Watson

Greg Watson discusses best practice approaches to assessment and gives his advice for the new academic year.