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Key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

Pearson, the external supplier responsible for marking the key stage 2 (KS2) tests, uploaded the KS2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test to their secure marker portal for a short period of time yesterday. We are urgently investigating this breach of the test content.

The marker portal can only be accessed by Pearson's approved markers, all of whom are under secure contract. Any distribution of confidential materials is a clear breach of that contract.

We have no evidence to suggest that any sensitive information has been shared publicly, and the validity of the test has not been compromised.

Teachers and schools must still administer the test today as planned.


Assessment update, sent Tuesday 10 May

You may have noticed a recent surge in articles concerning sleep deprivation and the effect on a child’s performance in the classroom. I wanted to touch upon this in this week’s blog as throughout my long career in education I can categorically say that the requirement of a good night’s sleep has the most profound effect on a child’s ability to fulfil their potential in school.

Headmaster: JP Thayer

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As a parent what would you consider to be the most precious gift you could give to your child? Would it be a new iPad, perhaps a mobile phone with all the latest apps, or even a wide-screen television on the bedroom wall? I think not. Surely the most precious gift you could offer is that of a good, sound, all-round start to their education during the formative early years.

Headmaster: Mr J.P. Thayer. Teacher's Cert. Uni. London.

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