KCSP E-Bulletin: 29 March 2021 Updates and related information
School Improvement updates & information:
We have now reached the last four days of term as Easter approaches. The full reopening of Trust schools to all pupils has gone well, with attendance remaining above the national average at both primary and secondary level. Sarah, Deborah and I would like to thank you for everything you have done to make the return to school such a positive experience for our pupils. We wish you all a very happy Easter and hope you have a restful and enjoyable break – it is well deserved.
- The DfE has published a new model music curriculum. This is non-statutory guidance for schools for Key Stages 1 to 3, developed by a panel of 15 music education specialists.
- The purpose of the guidance is to support schools to provide high-quality music education to their pupils. It supplements the existing National Curriculum programme of study. As non-statutory guidance, it is intended as good practice advice and no school will be compelled to implement the approaches set out.
- Alongside this, the government has also announced a commitment of £79 million in the 2021/22 financial year for music education hubs, which provide pupils with instruments to play in class, and £1 million for charities which teach pupils about different styles of music (the hubs themselves were notified earlier this month).
The EEF has summarised 10 studies published so far examining the potential impact of partial Covid-19 school closures on the attainment gap - and will update it regularly as new research is published, including findings from three of their own ongoing studies.
They are also recruiting schools to take part in eight trials of high potential projects, covering EYFS, KS 1 - 2 and KS3 – 5. You can find out more information about the projects here.
- The FFT has published a new blog looking at Y11 during the autumn, ‘How much school did Year 11 miss in the autumn term?’
- Their latest newsletter is also out. You can read it here.
Ofqual - guidance on 2021 grading:
Last Wednesday, Ofqual published its response to the technical consultation which closed earlier this month, along with a large number of regulatory documents, all of which can be found here. The most useful of these for schools and colleges is probably the centre guidance, which gives a high level overview of the process of grading students for general and some vocational qualifications. More detail on this is included in the JCQ guidance (see below). The key changes in the guidance are as follows:
- Centres should be prepared to explain any significant change in submitted results from historical exam data patterns.
- Any evidence used to reach the final grade, which was produced after 24 March, should be retained by the centre (but marking records before this date are fine).
- The Head of Centre declaration has changed from a requirement that content coverage must be sufficient to ensure progression in that subject, to a requirement that content coverage must be sufficient to award a grade.
- Undue pressure on teachers by students or parents must be avoided, and should be reported to the exam board as potential malpractice
JCQ - guidance on 2021 grading:
Mary Myatt & Jamie Pembroke:
Mary Myatt and Jamie Pembroke are hosting a free webinar on 15 April from 4.00pm – 5.30pm looking at Curriculum Impact. You can register for the event here.