'Do a third of young people really leave school unable to read and write?'

4th Feb 2019

Schools North East
Target Audience
School Leaders
Cost (non-member)

The Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) is running a Commission titled 'Do a third of young people really leave school unable to read and write?'.  This refers to the number of sixteen year-olds each year who fail to achieve a grade 4 in Maths and English combined.


Iain Veitch and Roy Blatchford, Commission Members, will present a background to the Commission and emerging recommendations.  They would then welcome responses and ideas from those attending.

  • What needs changing in the exam and assessment system, and what should stay the same?
  • Do a third of students have to fail in order that two thirds pass?
  • What best practice from primary schools should be carried through into secondaries?
  • How can literacy be at the core of the leader's mission?
  • Is GCSE English Language fit for purpose?
  • Should post-16 students have to resit English?


You are invited to share your views please and help shape this national report, to be published in July 2019.


Who Should attend: There will be two sessions
Morning Session: Heads, Deputies and Curriculum Leaders
Afternoon Session: Heads of English, Primary English/Literacy Leaders


Date: 4 February 2019
Time: Morning Session: 11.30-13.00/ Afternoon Session:13.30-15.00
Venue: TBC


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