Nic Dakin MP

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St_bedes.jpg On 1 July I visited St. Bede’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Scunthorpe.  I was keen to see how the school provides an all-round education for its students using a robust programme of assessments to support teaching and learning. The visit was organised in conjunction with GL Assessment, the leading provider of formative assessments to UK schools.

 At St Bede’s, emphasis is placed on the individual. Each student is encouraged to develop their talents to the full so that they leave school happy, confident and well-adjusted young adults fully equipped to succeed in today’s society. Education of the ‘whole’ child is of prime importance and the aim is to motivate and empower young people so that they realise their full potential and develop in all areas.

 St. Bede’s has worked with GL Assessment to create a strategic assessment programme which starts as soon as students join the school in Year 7. I was particularly interested to understand how the use of ‘smart data’ from these assessments can help to reduce teacher workload. After meeting the school’s senior leadership team, I toured the school and met students, seeing first-hand how properly applied assessments can improve academic attainment as well as easing the workload of teachers.

 This has rightly become a key issue facing the teaching profession and I hope that some of what St. Bede’s have implemented in this regard can be replicated elsewhere.”

 You can read the Times Education Supplement article by Greg Watson, Chief Executive of GL Assessment at - https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/transition-isnt-just-a-matter-first-term-impact-can-last-years

Modern assessment methods helping students.

 On 1 July I visited St. Bede’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Scunthorpe.  I was keen to see how the school provides an all-round education for its students using a robust programme...

Resignation.jpgIt is with regret that I have found it necessary to resign from my position as Shadow Schools Minister.

My resignation as Shadow Schools Minister

It is with regret that I have found it necessary to resign from my position as Shadow Schools Minister.

jo_cox.pngI can’t think of a time when the death of someone that people don’t know personally has affected the whole country in the way the terrible loss of Jo Cox has.

 Jo was my friend and colleague and her absence will always be felt.  A wonderful woman with so much drive and ambition to change people’s lives for the good whose continued work would have, I’m sure, improved the lot of so many and helped change the public view of British politics.  We should all work to ensure that her legacy is passionate whilst compassionate, honest and hate-free debate in politics - just as she exemplified.

 Watching the reports and interviews on television it is quite clear that those who knew her loved her and her constituents and those she helped held her in huge regard and affection.  Those who didn’t have the honour of knowing her have come to recognise what a very special person she was and, I think it is fair to say, that the whole of the country is mourning her loss and thinking of her two beautiful children, her husband Brendan and family.

 If you would like to leave a message of condolence, support, and solidarity for Jo's family, friends and colleagues –please sign the book of condolences at…. https:/donation.labour.org.uk/w/jo-cox-condolences

 

Jo Cox - messages of condolence

I can’t think of a time when the death of someone that people don’t know personally has affected the whole country in the way the terrible loss of Jo Cox...


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