National Middle Schools' Forum News Archive

Two important developments:

Middle Schools Fit for the 21st Century

An important new report which re-examines the position and role of middle schools in the 21st Century.  Now is a good time to reflect on the relevance of the middle school system to the future educational needs of our children.

Available to download from the Reports page.


The Future for Assessment in Middle Schools


Broadway House, London

(opposite St Jamesís Park tube station)


Tuesday 24th February, 2009 - 10.00 to 3.30


v      Alan Howe, Senior Director, Secondary, National Strategies


v      Trevor Folley and Laurie Kwissa, National Strategies Regional Advisers, Transfer and Transition


v      A number of middle schools have agreed to share their practice with colleagues, during the day, as we consider the way forward for assessment and tracking pupilsí progress in our schools.


How do we respond to the scrapping of the KS3 SATs?


This was the key question for delegates at our national conference. The Steering Committee of the NMSF have planned a special day conference to examine the future development of our systems for assessment and pupil tracking.

v      Members of the steering committee met with Alan Howe, leading on the development of APP for the National Strategies, and with QCA, to consider how we might work together on this issue.

v      The steering committee will be meeting with Ceri Morgan, HMI on March 10th to discuss Ofstedís view.

This special day conference provides an opportunity for us to consider together the future of our systems for assessment, and share existing and emerging practice within the middle school community. It will also be an important opportunity to consider the questions we need to explore with Ofsted at our March meeting.

We anticipate the day may be appropriate for heads and teachers with a leading role in assessment for the school or within particular subjects.

We have kept the cost low as we recognise that schools may get the most out of the day by sending two people.

Cost £25 per person

Click here to download a booking form - download

Please email (or send) completed booking for to Nigel Wyatt.

Confirmation, joining details and invoice will be sent to those attending.

Nigel Wyatt

Executive Officer

Tel: 01722 710511

posted 30/01/2009