Q: My understanding is that these are to go? Hurray!!! Teachers felt compelled to hold kids back amp; `compu'er says no!' mentality was rife thanks to level worship. Can we challenge kids as we see fit? Do stuff that's supposedly hard but we know kids are capable of.with effort? Is this a signal that we can eg in languages, do any grammar we like when we like, loads of reading and writing and translation without being penalised because the levels don't show linear progression? The pressure was always to hold kids back to show year on year linear progression and make up levels every half term that showed `progress' even when level descriptors not fit for purpose. I'm just fearful another numerical restrictive system is about to come to pass.
DfE answers: This is indeed the case. The consultation document states that `Parents deserve a clear assessment of what their children have learned rather than a `level description' which does not convey clear information. A single statement of attainment that sets out that pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study will encourage all pupils to aspire to reach demanding standards. Parents will be given clear information on what their children should know at each stage in their education and teachers will be able to report on how every pupil is progressing in acquiring this knowledge. We are currently seeking views on how to improve the accountability measures for secondary schools in England.'
Q: I am interested in being part of the childminding agencies mentioned in the Children and Families Bill recently. Is there a procedure to go through in order to set up? We operate in the North East of England and have two nurseries which provide Day Care for two local Childrens Centres. We work with local childminders in the local areas.
DfE answers: The Bill introduces childminder agencies which will enable more flexible childminding and removing bureaucracy so that it is easier for schools to offer `wrap-around' care. As the Bill makes its way through both Houses we will be able to say more, as it will probably be passed by Royal Assent and become law in around a year's time. There will be much more information available at www.dfe.gov.uk or at www.gov.uk as information becomes available.
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