Christina Zanelli-Tyler

Throw the book at primary accountability

Keeping whole-class records of the full breadth of pupils’ time in school can show them the true value of education – and help you collect evidence to satisfy the inspectors, says Christina Zanelli-Tyler

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Three Year 6 girls are looking over their events book and they are confused. There are photos from five years ago of them in their World Book Day costumes and they can’t work out who is who. They leaf through and come to another set of photos from World Book Day from two years ago. This time, it is a bit easier to spot themselves.

The book sets them off on all sorts of discussions, such as who has left the year group, who has changed and how far they have come. It’s a discussion that we rarely get time for in primary schools – taking the time to reflect on where we have been is so often ...

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