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Narrowing the attainment gap

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    That's a knotty one when more and more non-English speaking children are coming into the country.
  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Here's the thing - whatever you do to raise attainment for any specific group of pupils usually also raises it for the highest attainers. Ergo, gap tends to stay.
    cally1980, Mangleworzle and snowyhead like this.
  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Indeed. All pupils are equal but some will always be more equal than others.
    snowyhead likes this.
  5. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    We are being reminded here in London every day to 'Mind the gap'.
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    If it is based on data from schools... then it's most likely tosh.
  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    And long may it continue! In some tube stations, it's one hell of a gap.
  8. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Try the overground! Even I could easily fall down the gap at some stations!
  9. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

  10. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Wonder when the government will re-start the £10 fare to a new life in Australia......
  11. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Syria is likely to be quite empty soon.
  12. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    True but few poor whites want to go there!
  13. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    There is nothing here that is new

    And nothing that we didn't already know.

    I wonder how many people with relatively poor English did very well on their controlled assessments though.

    On a more serious point, with all the controlled assessments, changes to exams, switching of exam boards for the easiest exam options, how comparable are the data anyway?
  14. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Unless they come up with a list of reasons for the disparity, I'm not sure how they think they might address it.

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