18
DEC
2015

2018 Performance Tables

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TLM has once again made the cut for the 2018 performance tables from the DfE.  Ths means that our qualifications are deemed rigorous enough to be equivalent to GCSE.  Given that the GCSE IT is now being withdrawn, this means that our qualification is a viable...
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16
NOV
2015

Pi in the sky?

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The founder of TLM, Ian Lynch, had a vision that I share that all students should be aware of the potential and democratising nature of open source.  We don't push open source, though we do have a funded qualification based entirely on its use and deployment, but we do...
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04
NOV
2015

IT is dead, long live ICT!

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The 3rd November announcement about the end of the IT GCSE and GCE is exactly that, the end of IT GCSE and GCE, not the end of IT as a subject. Following the Wolf Report and subsequent vocational review, qualifications used by schools and attracting league table points need to be...
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18
OCT
2015

The Baseline, 100,000 and beyond

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Ian maintained an informative and lively blog on this site and although no-one in TLM can hold a candle to the man for his knowledge and passion for education, we want to continue the blog in his memory and try to inspire some debate around education if possible.  With that...
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07
DEC
2014

What would a STEM Tech Award look like?

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The current DfE policy is that any subject that is a GCSE can not be substantially replicated as a Tech Award. Tech Awards are the new vocational qualifications targeted on pupils pre-16. In Prgress and attainment 8 there will be maths and English GCSE that all do, 3 Ebacc...
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14
NOV
2014

Where are we 6 months into the Baseline Project

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It is now 6 months since the original post in the CAS mailing list that initiated the Computing Baseline testing project. Since then we have Devised and delivered the first test to over 52,000 children. Built rebuilt and revised the supporting software systems. Extended the...
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28
OCT
2014

KS1 and 2 statutory teacher assessment consultation

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The contents of this blog entry is now transferred to a new Web Site intended to provide free supporting resources for KS1 and 2 teacher assessment.    The DfE consultation on statutory assessment performance descriptors became available last week. To cut to the...
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17
OCT
2014

Effect size and why we need to be cautious about statistics

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The Problem with Numbers The problem with numbers is that people put too much faith in them. The way the human brain works is geared to short-cuts. This is why branding is so important in marketing. It is much easier to trust a brand you know that everyone else is saying is just...
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11
OCT
2014

Baseline stats – What children find easy and hard in computing.

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This is a provisional first analysis of the 40,000 plus childrens' answers in the 50 questions in the baseline test. More up to date figures from 55,000 now available here. The numbers in the cells are the percentage getting the question wrong. A large number indicates a...
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07
OCT
2014

Baseline up date

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We now have over 1000 individual teachers in the NAACE/TLM baseline testing Google group with more joining each day. 580 schools have made accounts on the web site and 40,000 pupils have been tested with between 1500 and 2000 per day adding to the total. Not bad...
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