“Teaching the required practical work – sharing the challenges, opportunities and best practice ” Nadia Callow- Hussain (EIB Science Strand Lead)

On Monday 23 April, in collaboration with the OCR Science team, the Education Improvement Board and the School of Education we were delighted to welcome Dr David Paterson to the University of Nottingham. He is the current acting Chair of his local regional ASE committee and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Secondary and Further Education Interest Group. Aims of the session: ·         Discuss and try out some practical activities ·         Consider challenges faced in schools with the new required practicals ·         Expanding on the learning from practicals. We selected three GCSE required practicals to carry out, analyse and evaluate. Delegates were given the opportunity to have hands on experience of carrying them out, alongside discussion with colleagues of hints and tips for best practice. The delegates were also given materials to compare the methodology from all of the exam boards.         ...

EIB 2017/18 – a post from David Anstead, EIB Strategic Lead

As the new academic year gets underway, individual schools and the EIB are focused on evaluating the summer’s test and examination results. It is important for the EIB to have a good grasp of the strengths and weaknesses in the performance of our schools so that we can target our efforts to tackle the weaknesses So how did Nottingham schools do in 2017? The performance of Nottingham primaries has improved steadily, year-on-year. In 2017, our primary pupils made greater progress in mathematics than did other pupils nationally. Nottingham was in the top third of all local authorities. Similarly, pupils’ performance in English was much improved and overall progress was better than the national average. The EIB has commissioned an analysis of our pupils’ performance on the reading test in 2017. This shows Nottingham pupils underachieved in their use of spelling, punctuation and verb forms. Accordingly, the EIB is considering supporting the production of specific teaching resources to boost our pupils’ performance in this area. Despite the very strong progress Nottingham pupils make in our primary schools, the city is still below average in the national tests taken at the end of Year 6. This is because the proportion of children who enter primary education with a good level of development at age 4 is exceptionally low compared to other parts of the country. To reach the national average in the tests, our pupils will have to make amongst the fastest progress in the country during their time in primary school. This is a massive challenge for pupils, teachers, parents and the EIB. The picture is more complicated at secondary...