For years and years as a senior leader and previously as a classroom teacher I have spoken, like many others, about the great learning lag between primary and secondary. Every year secondary school teachers receive a bunch of bright eyed and bushy tailed students fresh from primary school with a series of levels or standards that supposedly reflects their educational attainment. The problem starts to unravel pretty quickly when the students appear to (in some cases), be nowhere near what it says on the tin. Frustrated secondary teachers then find themselves not only having to make the 3 or 4 levels of progress that is demanded of them by centralised targets, but also the extra to just get them up to their official ‘starting point’.
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