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Wednesday briefing: Are standardised tests failing children?
In today’s newsletter: Sats tests have left students in tears, and teachers and parents calling for an overhaul. Here’s how they are supposed to work – and what critics say needs to change

Archie Bland

17, May, 2023 @5:53 AM

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Sats are failing children – they should be scrapped | Letters
Letters: Tom Templeton says there is no evidence that the tests improve education, Margot Roberts thinks children should not be made to feel like failures, and a school governor questions the way the curriculum is being taught

14, May, 2023 @4:29 PM

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The inspector: Ofsted is vital – but not its culture of hitting targets at any cost
Inspectors understand the pressures schools are under but the same can’t be said of Ofsted’s chief and her advisers

Adrian Lyons

24, Mar, 2023 @5:30 PM

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Schools’ Stem diversity problem needs systemic solution, say MPs
Report finds students from black Caribbean backgrounds in England ‘acutely’ underrepresented in Stem

Sally Weale Education correspondent

24, Mar, 2023 @5:01 AM

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Welsh education minister hits out at ‘misinformation’ over LGBTQ+ curriculum
Campaigners are putting teachers under pressure, says Jeremy Miles after verdict in high court challenge

Steven Morris

23, Dec, 2022 @1:19 PM

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GCSEs and A-levels are well past their sell-by date | Letters
Letters: Readers on the curriculum changes and alternative degrees that could benefit students


25, Aug, 2022 @5:06 PM

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Denis Lawton obituary
Other lives: Former director of the Institute of Education who eventually returned to his first love, teaching

Peter Mortimore

11, Jul, 2022 @4:14 PM

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Nadhim Zahawi: axing Larkin and Owen poems for GCSE is cultural vandalism
Education secretary denounces exam board’s decision to replace the two poets in English literature course

Richard Adams Education editor

23, Jun, 2022 @11:40 AM

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Diversity in the curriculum will bring a sense of belonging | Letters
Letters: We must broaden the voices and stories studied, writes Zaahida Nabagereka, while Vaughan Melzer asks how many stories of success does any working-class child see


25, May, 2022 @3:25 PM

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Schools don’t need to bin Shakespeare – but it’s time for us to teach him differently | Nadeine Asbali
Decolonising the curriculum doesn’t mean losing traditional texts, but studying the power imbalances my pupils already experience, says secondary school teacher Nadeine Asbali

Nadeine Asbali

24, May, 2022 @2:19 PM

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My teacher said I’d more likely be dead by 25 than a footballer. What if I had listened? | Troy Deeney
Imagine how children would flourish if they learned about Black achievements instead of oppression, says footballer and anti-racism campaigner Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney

23, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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What did my son learn at school? That Thatcher was ‘OK’, apparently | Zoe Williams
I would tell him about the miners’ strike and the abolition of free school milk. But kids today hate coal and dairy, writes Zoe Williams

Zoe Williams

02, May, 2022 @4:17 PM

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