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Data means nothing compared to teacher expertise

With results day looming, it’s important to keep some perspective – number-crunching your pupils’ data won’t tell you anything meaningful, writes Michael Tidd

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There’s something wonderful about June in primary schools. The weather turns fine, we can get out and about a bit more, Sats are over, and, aside from the phonics check and – potentially – writing moderation, it seems like we can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. As people find out arrangements for the year ahead, we can start to plan for September.

Meetings in new teams, opportunities for new topics, and the mix of sports days, cycling proficiency and school productions start to make the place come alive in a way that’s different to the rest of the year.

Then July comes around, ...

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