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  1. 1. Raising the Profile of KS3 How to avoid the Wasted Years
  2. 2. Why do we need to have such a push on KS3? In four of the good practice visits carried out during the survey, senior leaders acknowledged that there had historically been a lack of focus on Key Stage 3 in their schools. One headteacher explained that, up until recently, all of their focus had been on Year 11. They were now taking a longer-term view, recognising that what happens in the early stages of secondary education impacts significantly on future outcomes. In another of the visits, the headteacher had changed the philosophy and culture in his school to have a greater focus on Key Stage 3. He believed this was the ‘bedrock’ of future success, commenting ‘If you get Year 6 to Year 10 right then Year 11 looks after itself.’
  3. 3. Why is KS3 so important?
  4. 4. Culture shift to 5 years
  5. 5. Obstacles and incentives
  6. 6. The project in action Started with student voice Needed to be better prepared Language of exams Revision and homework opportunities Closed books
  7. 7. KS3 Ebacc Group Shared vision: 5 year GCSE Shared our assessments and began to rewrite them Overview Came up with a shared strategy for EOYT If it looks like GCSE….
  8. 8. The project in action
  9. 9. Next steps Homework policy Practical subjects Exams in the hall Standardising across depts Rewriting all KS3 assessment Mastery
  10. 10. Going forward to the future KS3