A system matched to the developmental needs of children, fit for the 21st Century.
Middle schools systems avoid the problems associated with transfer at age 11, when children are at their most vulnerable through changes associated with puberty, and offer schools organised around the developmental needs of the children they serve.
Upper Schools within three tier systems, for example, are institutions with a more adult climate and ethos, one appropriate to the delivery of the 14 to 19 curriculum. First schools can create the nurturing environment appropriate to the needs of young children, while middle schools are able to offer wider opportunities to pupils from the age of eight or nine with a degree of more specialist teaching and access to specialist teaching spaces.
Latest additions to website: January 2016
KS3 Benchmarking Data - July 2015
Benchmarking data for over 4,500 pupils in their final year at middle
school in July 2015.
See the Middle School Research page for a summary version enabling schools to
produce comparative charts by entering their own school data. A full
version of the spreadsheet is available to contributing schools
containing all the school level data - apply to the Executive Officer.
Partnership with GL Assessment
The National Middle Schools Forum is pleased to announce
a new partnership with GL Assessment. Full details of suggested packages for
benchmarking and tracking progress are available on the current newsletter page
of this website.
Middle School News :
Middle Schools directory 2015
Matters Booklet - Launched at conference 2014
for parents explaining middle schools and setting the national context for our
The booklet is available to download in two versions
resolution - suitable for parents to download from your website and view on
screen - download
High resolution - printers proof - suitable for high quality printing - download
Guidance for Inspection of Middle Schools
The guidance on the inspection of middle schools is now contained in paragraph
185 of the New Inspection Handbook published in June 2015 available on the
The previous guidance
for the inspection of middle schools is available here - download
New – Middle School
New - a spreadsheet - all middle schools for 2015/16 with links to Ofsted and DfE pages for each school - download
Cancelled - Day Conference 2016 for aspiring middle school leaders
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Day Conference planned for Friday 10th June 2016 at Broadway House, London.