With the right approach, every school has the potential to succeed - even those in the most challenging circumstances. Nothing should be a barrier to children achieving. Things can only be changed through hard work, high expectations and evidence-driven approaches. In some cases, it could be about tweaking the way a lesson is taught; in others, it's changing the way we think about training teachers.
Educationalist John Bald discusses how the first few months at school are the most crucial and whether "synthetic" phonics (blending and word-building) is truly the best method.
This study considers unexplained pupil moves that have taken place both between schools, and those involving pupils leaving the school system entirely. The research is the most comprehensive to date examining unexplained pupil exits in the school system. For the first time, it takes into account pupils removed from school rolls due to family reasons.