Friday Update – 8 May 2015

As we all now know David Cameron has returned to Downing Street with the Conservatives having won the general election.  Writing in The Telegraph just before the election Mr Cameron promised to put an education bill before the House of Commons within 100 days of a new Conservative government.  We will have to wait to see who the new Education Minister will be in the coming days.  In the meantime I have detailed below a couple of items of interest that have been publicised over the last week.

YOUNG CARERS IN SCHOOLS
This is a new England-wide initiative run jointly by the Carers Trust and The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus partners that equips schools to support young carers and awards good practice. The initiative is funded by The Queen’s Trust and The Big Lottery Fund.

SHOULD SCHOOLS TO BE JUDGED OVER FIVE YEARS RATHER THAN ONE?
Cambridge Assessments (an exam board) has suggested that schools should be judged on their performance over five years instead of one. The announcement comes on the back of its report Volatility in Exam Results which found that schools are often faced with unexplained significant changes in exam results from one year to the next, even after adjusting results to take account of external factors such as the reliability of marking.

The report did not explore the reasons for such volatility at school level, but responding to the study Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessments, said that it was sufficiently significant to suggest that schools should be judged over a five year period, rather than one.