Book: Making Key Stage 3 Count

 Making Key Stage 3 Count

How to improve pupil progress in years 7, 8 and 9


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Paperback: AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE (US only)

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Read the blurb:


“A wise, accessible and practically useful book” – Professor Bill Lucas, author of Educating Ruby

“Compelling, clear and convincingly argued” – Dr Jill Berry, author of Making the Leap

“A useful summary of research [and] a helpful contribution to the literature” – Mary Myatt, senior inspector and author of High Challenge Low Threat


According to Ofsted, the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress in Years 7, 8 and 9 are not good enough. These weaknesses, they say, reflect a general lack of priority given to Key Stage 3 by school leaders. This book offers help and advice on how to lead Years 7, 8 and 9 in order to ensure that those three years of a child’s education that constitute Key Stage 3 do not prove to be time wasted during which the attainment gap is allowed to widen but are – instead – fruitful, enjoyable and rewarding.

This book will help you to: ensure your curriculum offer at Key Stage 3 is broad and balanced and that teaching is of a high quality and thus prepares pupils for more challenging subsequent study at GCSE; improve the transition from Key Stage 2 to 3 so that it focuses as much on pupils’ academic needs as it does on their pastoral needs; ensure assessment and tracking at Key Stage 3 is robust and focuses on the needs of disadvantaged pupils, including the most able, in order to close the achievement gap as quickly as possible; ensure homework helps pupils to make good progress, and develop effective literacy and numeracy strategies.

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