1988 education act

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  • 1988 education act
    • SAT's
      • measures can be taken to improve the performance of children who are below the expected level, as well as the performance of schools whose students fall below the national targets
      • aim to measure student's performance against national targets so that parents and schools can see how a child is performing for their age
      • in 2008 the government removed the test at key stage 3
      • students progress was to be assessed formally by their teachers and by national tests in the core subjects at the end of key stages
    • league tables
      • aim was to create more competition between schools and lead to higher standards
      • allowed parents  to make comparisons between schools more easily
      • some provide raw results only
      • introduced to provide information about the performance of schools
      • seen as leading to improvements by some, but as creating more inequality by others
      • others use a value added measure showing the progress of students
    • marketisation
      • more freedom for schools
      • consumer choice and competition
      • funding based on student numbers
      • schools must provide a prospectus and publish exam results
      • focus on parental choice
    • national curriculum
      • one aim has been to provide greater quality of education for all by ensuring that all students take the same subjects
      • established a number of core subjects: English, maths and science which all students aged 5-16 must study
      • also foundation  subjects.g. history and geography which must be studied to key stage 3
      • introduced in September 1989 in all state schools in England and Wales

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