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.
EPI is left with pupil exits that it says cannot be easily explained by the available data. For the 2017 cohort, there were 55,000 such “unexplained” moves. Off-rolling – and whether a move is genuinely for the good of a pupil – is hugely contentious. The reason it is able to happen at all is because it is so hard to prove.
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.
As former government education adviser Jonathan Simons said on this morning’s Today programme: “Crucially, they are not a test of the pupil. They are a test of how well the school has done after seven years of publicly funded education.”
In a joint letter to all UK universities, the Universities Minister and Defence Minister have called on institutions to step up and support those that have sacrificed the most, by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant.