RM Education Blog

Why schools shouldn’t ban Facebook – RM launches free e-safety resources site for schools

When we ask schools about their ICT priorities, e-safety consistently tops the list.  Not surprising when you consider that e-safety now forms part of Ofsted’s inspection and that one in every 12 minutes we’re awake is spent online*.

In schools, excitement about the amazing learning opportunities presented by the internet is …

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Ofqual’s Annual Qualifications Market Report 2013: Key Points

By Martin Adams, Senior Business Analyst at RM Assessment & Data.
Didn’t have time to read all 114 pages of Ofqual’s Annual Qualifications Market Report when it came out in September? Never fear – Business Analyst Martin Adams has done the hard work for you. Here’s his …

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2012/13 A-level results: an infographic

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The latest breakdowns for this year’s A-level released by the Department for Education reveal that 20% of all students aged 16-19 achieved at least AAB grades.

However, this varies greatly by type of school with 43% of students in independent schools achieving at least AAB grades, compared to 18% in state schools, and …

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2012/13 GCSE results: an infographic


The latest breakdowns for this year’s GCSE results released by the Department for Education reveal a small decrease in the number of children achieving 5 GCSE’s A*-C (including English and maths), but an increase in the number of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate.

The proportion of pupils achieving the current government benchmark of 5 …

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Secondary Accountability Reforms

On Monday 14th October the Department for Education published its response to the secondary school accountability consultation, detailing the planned changes to the performance tables and accountability measures.
As already suggested in the initial consultation document earlier this year, a number of significant changes will be made …

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An Update on Academies and Academy Chains

The academies conversion rate has accelerated enormously since 2010, and as of September 2013 there are 3,304 academies open in England (compared to just 299 in September 2010).

According to the Department for Education, there are now 153,000 teachers and 2.2 million pupils in academies.

While the majority of these academies are …

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IPPR on early-years education: lessons and implications

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has released a report reviewing the evidence around quality childcare as part of its wider project “Childcare: A strategic national priority?”.

“Early developments: Bridging the gap between evidence and policy in early-years education”  looks at how high quality early-years care can best be achieved in …

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8 Considerations for Implementing a One-to-One Device Programme

Implementing a programme to give every student their own device is easy, right? All you have to do is raise some cash, buy a truck-load of stuff, and dish it out.

Well, not quite. There is, as you might imagine, rather more to it than that. Here are some pointers to …

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