Year 6 SATs Some schools use the results of students’ KS2 SATs to put them into sets or streams in Year 7.


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… is an annual program in which Grade 9 (or equivalent) students are hosted by parents, friends, relatives and volunteers at workplaces across the country every November. The program supports career development by helping students connect school, the world of work, and their own futures. Click here for more info on this annual event (TOKTWD)


Parents and educators question the value of setting assignments for students. But what does the neuroscience say?

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The homework debate is often split along the lines of primary school compared with secondary school. Education researcher Professor John Hattie, who has ranked various influences on student learning and achievement, found that homework in primary schools has a negligible effect (most homework set has little to no impact on a student’s overall learning). However, it makes a bigger difference in secondary schools.

A second stage, or Master’s degree, requires two years of full time study to complete. A third stage, or Doctorate degree, is awarded after finishing three to five years of study beyond the Master’s degree, a successful defence of a thesis or dissertation, and at least six months in residence at the university.

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Course codes, descriptions and prerequisites, are also available via parent and students accounts on myBlueprint. Follow the directions in this myBlueprint link. Parents should create an account on myBlueprint to support students in their educational plan.

Although primary education in Malawi is free, students are required to purchase their own school uniform, pens, and notebooks, which many families find difficult. Most children own only one school uniform and in our local schools, Wednesday is a non-uniform day to enable parents to wash (and repair) the uniform.

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Access to higher education is based on passing the Malawi Secondary Certificate of Education (MSCE). A student must earn at least five credits, including English. This exam may be taken after completing eight years of primary and four years of secondary education. Students wishing to be accepted by the university must achieve excellent scores in these exams.

Increasingly, there’s a divide between those who support the need for homework and those who suggest the time would be better spent with family and developing relationships. The anxiety related to homework is frequently reviewed.

Although primary education in Malawi is free, students are required to purchase their own school uniform, pens, and notebooks, which many families find difficult. Most children own only one school uniform and in our local schools, Wednesday is a non-uniform day to enable parents to wash (and repair) the uniform.

Are you a parent that happen to miss BR’s Grade 8 Information or Advance Placement Nights and are looking for the information that was discussed? Or are you curious about the Guidance Presentations that were conducted at our feeder schools to all our future Grade 8s? If so … all our presentations are presented below and can be viewed at your own convenience.

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As of 2000, only 1% of Malawi’s population was enrolled in universities. Approximately 72% of all college students were pursuing degrees in education, 10.9% were taking degrees in the social sciences, 12.2% were pursuing science degrees, 3.9% were taking degrees in medicine, and 0.4% were pursuing degrees in the humanities. Given Malawi’s growing need for high-powered labour, Malawi will be dependent on expatriate skilled labour far into the foreseeable future, unless the university system expands.

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Pre-school education provides an important foundation for learning and development. The government of Malawi recognises the importance of pre-school education, and encourages communities to set up their own pre-schools, but does not support pre-schools financially. With no funds to support pre-schools, most of them are run on a voluntary basis and are unregistered. Most teachers work for free, and have no resources to help them teach, lacking the very basics including blackboards and chalk, let alone books and toys which might commonly be associated with pre-school education in the West. It is rare that pre-schools have their own school buildings, and many pre-schools share facilities with local churches or other buildings built for a different purpose. Not all children have access to pre-school education as access is dependent upon location and upon voluntary community involvement. Official data on the number of pre-schools in Malawi is difficult to find because schools are unregistered.

Supporters of setting and streaming argue that it also benefits lower-achieving students, although there’s less evidence to prove this. They say that one of the benefits is that class sizes can be differentiated according to ability: so a top set may have 30 pupils, as they’re more able to work independently, while a bottom set may have just 15, so the teacher can give them more one-to-one attention.

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Getting Better Secondary Schools

Please note that all information presented on this page is from RIPPLE Africa’s own local knowledge on the ground, and from the Nkhata Bay District Socio-Economic Profile (2010-2012) unless otherwise stated.

There are various different ways of setting or streaming children at secondary school. These include:

Setting is usually limited to English, maths and possibly science, especially in KS3. Students are more likely to be put into sets for maths than for English, probably because it’s easier for English to be taught in mixed ability groups: for example, the whole class can study the same text, but with students producing work of different depth and quality depending on their ability.

Like all teachers, I’ve spent many hours correcting homework. Yet there’s a debate over whether we should be setting it at all.

According to UNESCO, Malawi has a total of 4.5m pupils enrolled in primary and secondary education. Of these pupils, about 3.7m (83%) are enrolled in primary education. In Malawi, 11% of children of official primary school ages are out of school, with poorer children most likely to fall into this category. Based on educational attainment of 15 – 24 year olds in 2010, 5% received no education at all, 57% failed to complete primary school, 11% studied until the end of primary school, 19% attended secondary school but failed to complete their secondary education, 7% completed secondary education and 1% studied beyond secondary level.

Year 7 CATs Many schools assess students in the first term of Year 7 using cognitive abilities tests, or CATs. Rather than being a test of knowledge, CATs assess pupils’ ability and potential in skills like verbal and non-verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning (numbers) and spatial ability. Children are then set or streamed based on their results.

So homework can be effective when it’s the right type of homework. In my own practice, the primary students I teach will often be asked to find real-life examples of the concept taught instead of traditional homework tasks, while homework for secondary students consolidates the key concepts covered in the classroom. For secondary in particular, I find a general set of rules useful:

Primary school education in Malawi is made up of eight years (referred to as Standard 1 to Standard 8.) Although the official primary school age group in Malawi is categorised as 6-13, it is very common for students of varying ages to attend primary school, as many students have to repeat some primary years. There are three school terms a year for primary schools in Malawi, running generally from September to December, January to April, and April to July. Primary school students in Malawi learn a variety of subjects, and take examinations in English, ChiChewa, maths, science, and social studies. Students must gain a Primary School Leaving Certificate based on their Standard 8 final exam results in order to progress to secondary school.

With streaming, students are assessed for their general academic ability, and put into classes accordingly. That class stays together for all subjects. For example, children might be tested at the beginning of Year 7, and the highest achieving 30 pupils put into the top stream.

World Down Syndrome Day School Contest World Down Syndrome Day is a United Nations sanctioned observance celebrated on March 21st (3/21) with the goal to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome. Halton Down Syndrome Association launched WDSD Contest in 2015 with the same goal to spread awareness about Down Syndrome and help promote diversity and inclusion in our schools. WDSD School Contest was AMAZING last year! A total … Continue reading