Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

On Another Level: Letters

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

On Another Level: Letters

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Sir Michael Wilshaw says that "Ofsted will look at outcomes in relation to the progress that pupils are making from entry points" ("A break from tradition", Comment, 3 August). Ofsted's expectation is that pupils will progress by two levels between key stages 1 and 2. Putting on my hat as a retired secondary maths teacher, I suggest that this is not a fair expectation.

If a pupil reaches level 3 in KS1 and progresses to level 5 in KS2, that represents an increase of 67 per cent from their original level. If a pupil reaches level 2 in KS1 and progresses to level 4 in KS2, that represents an increase of 100 per cent. If a pupil reaches level 1 in KS1 and progresses to level 3 in KS2, that represents an increase of 200 per cent. If a pupil doesn't reach level 1 in KS2, any level achieved represents an infinite increase from their original level.

Using percentage increase as a guide, it would seem fair to suggest that a 100 per cent rise in levels from KS1 to KS2 might be fairer. …

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