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.
Reading and writing are the primary concerns, and while it is difficult to define what success means in both of these aspects, Paul Moss states, students being able to punctuate their writing would be one. He discusses rise of comparative marking and suggests that although using criteria is highly subjective and thus restrictive, English teachers do have a sense of what successful writing and analysis looks like.