Christine Blower · phonics · SATs

SATs stats

The announcement of this year’s SATs results has generated the usual furore over how to interpret them. The DfE’s‘First Statistical Release’ states that: The percentage of pupils achieving the expected level, level 4 or above, in the 2012 Key Stage 2 reading tests in all schools increased by 3 percentage points from 84 per cent… Continue reading SATs stats

'Time-limited' teaching of phonics · Christine Blower · match-funding · New reading test · Russell Hobby

More on the take-up of match funding

An article titled ‘Sounds like this phonics scheme has started badly’ in the TES today by Helen Ward provides some decidedly revealing insights into what is going wrong in getting schools to take up match funding for phonics.As the piece points out, match funding isn’t ‘free’ money. For every pound provided by the government, the… Continue reading More on the take-up of match funding