A week in

5th February 2016 at 00:00

The new official measure of how pupils have progressed during primary school has been revealed by the Department for Education. Schools will be judged according to how individual children perform at the age of 11, in comparison with the average for children with the same score as them in reading, writing and maths aged 7. But individual scores will not be reported – only the school’s average. The old measure, showing how many children made the expected progress of two levels, has been dropped because the Year 6 results are no longer reported as levels. The progress needed for primaries to be above the floor standard is yet to be confirmed.

Primary pupils and their teachers are being encouraged to take up their binoculars for the Big Schools’ Birdwatch run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Last year, 90,000 children and teachers took part in the survey, which is designed to encourage young people get closer to nature.

A project that works with primary pupils to improve low literacy levels in Peterborough was due to be visited by the Duchess of Cornwall this week. Peterborough is one of the National Literacy Trust’s “hub” cities, piloting ways of breaking the cycle of intergenerational low literacy. Schemes include supporting families who are learning English through helping children as they start reception and interventions in Year 2. The hub encourages hairdressers to ask children to read aloud to them, and is distributing £10,000 worth of books.

Primary schools across England are set to take part in an international literacy study that compares the reading ability of 10-year-olds later this year. A randomised sample of 170 schools, covering more than 4,000 pupils from all around the country, has been selected to take part in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). The study, taking place every five years, will be delivered through Pearson Education and the University of Oxford in England. The results will be published in 2017.


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