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High Attainment in the 2014 Secondary and 16-18 Performance Tables

High Attainment in the 2014 Secondary and 16-18 Performance Tables | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
. This is my annual analysis of high attainment and high attainers’ performance in the Secondary School and College Performance Tables It draws on the 2014 Secondary and 16-18 Tables, as well as th...
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Data about high attainers and high attainment drawn from the 2014 Secondary and 16-18 performance Tables and related statistical publications.

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Gifted Phoenix 2014 Review and Retrospective

Gifted Phoenix 2014 Review and Retrospective | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
. I am rounding out this year’s blogging with my customary backwards look at the various posts I published during 2014. This is partly an exercise in self-congratulation but also flags up to reader...
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A review of my bloggiing activity in 2014

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HMCI Ups the Ante on the Most Able

HMCI Ups the Ante on the Most Able | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Wilshaw made some important statements about the education of what Ofsted most often calls ‘the most able’ learners in his 2013/14 Annual Report and various supporti...
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A review of what Osted said about the most able in their 2013/14 Annual Report and a summary of what further action they might undertake and advocate

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How Well Do Grammar Schools Perform With Disadvantaged Students?

How Well Do Grammar Schools Perform With Disadvantaged Students? | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
This supplement to my previous post on The Politics of Selection  compares the performance of disadvantaged learners in different grammar schools. It adds a further dimension to the evidence base s...
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A supplement to 'The Politics of Selection' 

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The Politics of Setting

The Politics of Setting | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
I had been intending never to revisit the difficult topic of setting, secure in the knowledge that I could not improve on my earlier treatment of the pros and cons. But recent developments have cau...
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This new post examines how government positions on setting (organising learners in classes on the basis of attainment) have varied and changed since 1997. It considers the prospects that setting will be an issue in the 2015 General Election, especially if the Conservatives commit to some form of imposition as an alternative to selection. They face pressure from UKIP which supports the expansion of grammar schools.

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Beware the 'short head': PISA's Resilient Students' Measure

Beware the 'short head': PISA's Resilient Students' Measure | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  This post takes a closer look at the PISA concept of ‘resilient students’ – essentially a measure of disadvantaged high attainment amongst 15 year-olds – and how this varies from country to ...
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 Those interested in excellence gaps (high attainment, high disadvantage may want to read my new post which examines how different countries fare on PISA's 'resilient student' assessment. I've included analysis of the performance of 14 prominent PISA participants (including Australia, Canada, Ireland, NZ, UK, US, as well as the Asian Tigers). The post also considers the limited evidence I could find about the characteristics of 'resilient students'. In short - several countries do rather poorly on this measure; we know remarkably little about these students, beyond statements of the obvious, so have little idea about how best to support them.
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Closing England's Excellence Gaps: Part One

Closing England's Excellence Gaps: Part One | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  This post examines what we know – and do not know - about high attainment gaps between learners from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds in England. It assesses the capacity of current ...
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This new post (2 parts) is intended to present the evidence base underpinning potential action to address excellence gaps in England. It draws primarily on evidence relevant to England, as well as recent American studies. It may be useful to readers elsewhere who are concerned about excellence gaps in their own context and are considering how best to address them. I am interested in any 'open access' research undertaken into such gaps in other countries (or anything significant from the UK or US I have missed) so please do pass on any leads!

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Digging Beneath the Destination Measures

Digging Beneath the Destination Measures | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  This post takes as its starting point the higher education destination data published by the Department for Education (DfE) in June 2014. It explores: The gaps between progression rates for ...
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My July 2014 post examining the HE destination measures published the previous month and outlining an appropriate policy response

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'Poor but Bright' v 'Poor but Dim'

'Poor but Bright' v 'Poor but Dim' | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  This post explores whether, in supporting learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, educators should prioritise low attainers over high attainers, or give them equal priority.      ...
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My new post develops a discussion I had with a fellow blogger on Twitter about whether meeting the needs of the 'poor but dim' should take priority over those of the 'poor but bright'. He thought they should; I argued for equal priority for all learners from disadvantaged backgounds. My post sets out our respective positions and explores how well these two populations are served currently in the English setting. I'm fascinated by how advocates for the gifted feel about this issue - and how it plays out in their own countries. Do the 'poor but dim' always get the lion's share of attention and is that fair? I've even included a poll so you can vote for your preferred approach!

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Air on the 'G' String: Hoagies' Bloghop, May 2014

Air on the 'G' String: Hoagies' Bloghop, May 2014 | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  As I see it, there are three sets of issues with the ‘G’ word: Terminological – the term carries with it associations that make some advocates uncomfortable and predispose others to resist s...
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Here's my contribution to the Hoagies' Bloghop for May 2014 about the 'G' word. It's deliberately provocative in style and content but I hope it contributes something of value to the wider debate. Feel free to argue!

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PISA 2012 Creative Problem Solving: International Comparison of High Achievers' Performance

PISA 2012 Creative Problem Solving: International Comparison of High Achievers' Performance | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
.  This post compares the performance of high achievers from selected jurisdictions on the PISA 2012 creative problem solving test. It draws principally on the material in the OECD Report ‘PISA 201...
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My new post takes a closer look at the performance of high achievers on the PISA 2012 problem solving assessment, as reported on 1 April. I’ve taken the same sample of twelve jurisdictions that I used to compare PISA outcomes in maths, science and reading – most of the ‘Asian Tigers’, Finland plus Australia, Canada, England, Ireland and the US. New Zealand is excluded this time round because it didn’t undertake the problem solving assessment. Data fiends should enjoy the post, but there’s important food for thought here for students of high achievement and gifted educators wherever they may be. 

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What Has Become of the European Talent Network? Part Two

What Has Become of the European Talent Network? Part Two | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
 . This is the second and concluding part of a post about progress by the European Talent Centre towards a European Talent Network. Part One: Provided an updated description of the Hungarian model ...
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How Well Does Gifted Education Use Social Media?

How Well Does Gifted Education Use Social Media? | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
. This post reviews the scope and quality of gifted education coverage across selected social media. It uses this evidence base to reflect on progress in the 18 months since I last visited this top...
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My new post is 'How Well Does Gifted Education Use Social Media?' It includes proposed success criteria for blogs/websites and online/social media presence ( prepared for a separate project). It reviews gifted-related social media activity across 10 key platforms and tools and the social media profile of six key organisations: The World Council, ECHA, NAGC, SENG, NACE and Potential Plus UK. It concludes that there is plenty of scope for improvement at all levels, while the prospects for globally co-ordinated improvement are increasingly bleak. I'd welcome your factual corrections and comments on my findings. If you can bear to submit them to my blog, so much the better!

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A Primary Assessment Progress Report

A Primary Assessment Progress Report | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
. This post tracks progress towards the introduction of the primary assessment and accountability reforms introduced by England’s Coalition Government. It reviews developments since the Government’...
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Progress on England's primary assessment reforms and the prospects for delay as the 2015 General Election approaches.

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2014 Primary and Secondary Transition Matrices: High Attainers' Performance

2014 Primary and Secondary Transition Matrices: High Attainers' Performance | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
. This is my annual breakdown of what the Transition Matrices tell us about the national performance of high attainers. It complements my reviews of High Attainment in the 2014 Primary Performance ...
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What the 2014 primary and secondary transition matrices can tell us about high attainers' performance

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High Attainment in the 2014 Primary School Performance Tables

High Attainment in the 2014 Primary School Performance Tables | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
. This is my annual post reviewing data about high attainment and high attainers at the end of Key Stage 2. It draws on: The 2014 Primary School Performance Tables and Statistical First Release 50/...
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Analysis of high attainers' and high attainment as reflected in the 2014 Primary Performance Tables

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The Politics of Selection: Grammar Schools and Disadvantage

The Politics of Selection: Grammar Schools and Disadvantage | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
This post considers how England’s selective schools are addressing socio-economic disadvantage. It is intended as an evidence base against which to judge various political statements about the pote...
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The Politics of Selection considers to what extent England's grammar schools are currently supporting learners from disadvantaged backgrounds

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16-19 Maths Free Schools Revisited: Oddyssean Edition

16-19 Maths Free Schools Revisited: Oddyssean Edition | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
This is the second edition of a post that marks the opening of two university-sponsored 16-19 maths free schools by taking a fresh look at the wider programme that spawned them. I have revised the ...
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This new post is principally intended for the domestic audience but may be of value to those with an interest in specialist maths schools for gifted and high attaining learners. It reports progress on a national programme to establish 12 such schools in England, each linked to a strong university maths department. The programme was inspired by the model of Kolmogorov in Russia, but also informed by other examples worldwide. Unfortunately it has not been as successful as planned. Two schools have recently opened and there may be just one more in the pipeline. Few universities have been attracted to the idea - at corporate level at least - and one influential commentator says this was because they feared accusations of 'elitism'.

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Closing England's Excellence Gaps: Part 2

Closing England's Excellence Gaps: Part 2 | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  This is the second part of an extended post considering what we know – and do not know - about high attainment gaps between learners from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds in England. Part...
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This new post (2 parts) is intended to present the evidence base underpinning potential action to address excellence gaps in England. It draws primarily on evidence relevant to England, as well as recent American studies. It may be useful to readers elsewhere who are concerned about excellence gaps in their own context and are considering how best to address them. I am interested in any 'open access' research undertaken into such gaps in other countries (or anything significant from the UK or US I have missed) so please do pass on any leads!

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What Happened to the Level 6 Reading Results?

What Happened to the Level 6 Reading Results? | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  Provisional 2014 key stage 2 results were published on 28 August. This brief supplementary post considers the Level 6 test results – in reading, in maths and in grammar, punctuation and spelling ...
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My September 2014 post investigating the reasons for a sharp drop in the number of learners achieving Level 6 in the KS2 L6 reading test

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Working Towards National Consensus on Educating High Attainers

Working Towards National Consensus on Educating High Attainers | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  This post proposes a statement of core principles to provoke debate and ultimately build consensus about the education of high attaining learners. It incorporates an Aunt Sally – admittedly ...
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My new post attempts a set of draft core principles that would underpin the education of high attainers (I chose high attainers because, frankly, it seems increasingly difficult to aim for consensus in respect of ‘gifted and talented’). Actually there are two sets. The first is my best effort at a set of universally applicable generic principles that ought to work (albeit with a little translation) in various countries around the world. The second is a set of reform principles, focused on ensuring that England’s own education reform programme is fully inclusive and supportive of high attainers. I want to see if I can encourage educators and advocates to join a consultative process, to build consensus in this territory and generate an agreed version that can be used to drive collaborative effort henceforwards. I’d be delighted to receive your suggested amendments, especially (but not exclusively) in the form of comments on my blog.   

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A Closer Look at Level 6

A Closer Look at Level 6 | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  This post provides a data-driven analysis of Level 6 (L6) performance at Key Stage 2, so as to: Marshall the published information and provide a commentary that properly reflects this bigger...
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This new post is mainly for my English readers, dealing as it does with performance on tests for the highest attainers in our primary schools (age 11) and the implications of plans to withdraw those tests from 2016. However, readers outside England may be interested in some of the findings and how closely they compare with experience in their own countries. For example, there are big gender imbalances amongst the learners successful on these tests (in reading, maths and grammar, punctuation and spelling) and major differences in performance by ethnic background. Chinese girls outperform boys from all other backgrounds in maths, except for Chinese boys, whose 35% success rate vastly exceeds all other students. These results raise some interesting questions about the incidence of high attainment and of underachievement amongst high attainers.

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How well is Ofsted reporting on the most able?

How well is Ofsted reporting on the most able? | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
  This post considers how Ofsted’s new emphasis on the attainment and progress of the most able learners is reflected in school inspection reports. My analysis is based on the 87 Section 5 secondar...
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Here's a new blog post which takes a look at how Ofsted inspectors are reporting on how well schools provide for the most able learners, following their 2013 survey report and subsequent amendments to the school inspection guidance last September. There is much inconsistency, but also some interesting patterns that suggest somewhat different treatment for different types and sizes of school. I've included many examples of inspectors' comments and provided recommendations for how Ofsted could improve the quality and consistency of inspectors' judgements. http://giftedphoenix.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/how-well-is-ofsted-reporting-on-the-most-able/

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Unpacking the Primary Assessment and Accountability Reforms

Unpacking the Primary Assessment and Accountability Reforms | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
.  This post examines the Government response to consultation on primary assessment and accountability. It sets out exactly what is planned, what further steps will be necessary to make these plans...
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What Has Become of the European Talent Network? Part One

What Has Become of the European Talent Network? Part One | Gifted Phoenix | Scoop.it
.  This post discusses recent progress by the European Talent Centre towards a European Talent Network. It is a curtain-raiser for an imminent conference on this topic and poses the critical questi...
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