Here is why we need teachers

How much difference does two years of education really make? Not to specific taught subjects, but to a child’s overall preparedness for the world?

To find out, I analysed the global results from our 2020 Topical Christmas Quiz. I looked at the average result per year group for each of the Gap Analysis categories. Here’s what I found out.

 

Do you see it? Two years of mental development has had no impact at all on your students’ knowledge of popular culture. But – just look at the other end of the graph! Knowledge of World Affairs more than doubled, from 20% to 42%. Similar story with Science, Covid-19 and Politics.

Someone is extending these young peoples’ horizons massively beyond movies and hit singles. And, if you are a teacher, I think that someone is you.

Tracking pupil progress with the Yacapaca Gradebook at Chauncy School

I had this lovely note today from Owen Hawkridge at the Chauncy School in Ware.

 

You might be interested to know that we’ve* abandoned our old spreadsheet system for tracking pupil progress at KS3 and instead are using the Yacapaca gradebook. We’ll be starting with Continue reading