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Martyn Steiner

Creativity, community and ICT - LearningSpace - The Open University - 0 views

    This unit engages with the debates surrounding the term 'creativity' and explores ways in which ICT creates new opportunities for creativity and collaborative working.
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Creative writing tests limit creativity, Sats review finds | Education | The Guardian - 0 views

  • A writing test taken by 11-year-olds in England should be scrapped because it stops children being creative, a government review has found.

    Ministers asked Lord Bew, a crossbench peer, to review Sats – tests in maths and English taken by 600,000 pupils every May – after a quarter of primary schools boycotted the exams last year.

    Bew's team of headteachers found that the writing test does not allow children to demonstrate their imagination because it looks for formulaic answers.

  • The Bew review recommends that teachers assess creative writing throughout the school year, instead of in a single test.
  • The review team also urged the government to ensure that schools are judged over three years of results rather than one and given a rolling average in league tables.
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  • The National Association of Head Teachers "cautiously welcomed" Bew's report.

    Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, said teacher assessment for writing would "reduce drilling and give both parents and secondary schools a far more accurate picture of pupils' achievement".

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