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: June 2015

National Middle Schools Forum Conference 2015

Time to book your place at our 2015 Conference in Stratford on Avon. Full details and a booking form can be found on the Next Conference page of this website.

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.

Latest Middle School News :

Day Conference and Recent Publications

New - Middle School Intake Benchmarking - 2014

Available to download from the 'Middle School Research' page of this website.

Middle School KS3 Benchmarking Data 2014

  The summary version of the KS3 benchmarking data for 2014 is now available to download from the Middle School Research page of this website. This draws of data from over 60 middle schools, and summarises the achievements of over 6,500 pupils who left their middle schools in July 2014.

Also newly available on the Middle School Research page - a brief report considering the trends shown in the last four years of KS3 benchmarking data.   The report shows a steadily improving trend in the achievements of Year 8 middle school pupils in English, Maths and Science over the four year period.


Middle School Matters Booklet - Launched at conference 2014

  A booklet for parents explaining middle schools and setting the national context for our schools.
  The booklet is available to download in two versions

  - Low resolution - suitable for parents to download from your website and view on screen - download

  - High resolution - printers proof - suitable for high quality printing - download

Ofsted Subsidiary Guidance for Inspectors

The latest guidance for the inspection of middle schools is available here - download

NEW - Middle School Directory 2014

  A complete list of middle schools for 2014/15 - download

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