OFSTED whiplash

Wilshaw would like to see the government reintroduce external testing at the end of key stage 1 and at key stage 3.

He said: “Talk to any good headteacher and they will tell you it was a mistake to abolish those tests. If we are serious about raising standards and catching up with the best in the world, we need to know how pupils are doing at seven, 11, 14 and 16.”

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One suggestion was that pupils should be encouraged to read for pleasure more. The report said some schools were distracted by national tests, which do not always assess pupils’ wider reading skills well.

baronRecently I’ve been using a lot of Logic Puzzles from the Printable Puzzles website. They’re a really fantastic way to get students thinking, and to get them to use logic. They also help reading two way tables.

You can get the last four days worth of puzzles for free (which is perfect for teachers) and they’re well worth checking out.

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I was shown this corker of a graph recently. The scales there are wonderfully deceptive.

I love a good misleading graph. They’re really good for generating discussion, especially when you delve into the difference between a graph merely being wrongly created and a graph that’s been deliberately manipulated to be misleading, as this one has.

I’ve put together a selection of my favourite misleading graphs in this PDF.Obviously you don’t have to use them as worksheet, you can cut them out and use them however you want, or simply display them on the board to talk about.

If you use this resource, let me know how you get on in the comments. I’d love for this resource to generate discussion about how it generated discussion.

Edit : DataBlog Ammp3d (a blog that I will talk about here at some point) posted a funny correction to the Conservative graph on Twitter, which is well worth discussing.

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