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: October 2014
KS3 Benchmarking data - 2014
The benchmarking data for 2014 enables you to
compare the achievement of your pupils against that of other pupils in their
final year of middle school in July 2014. The spread sheet can be downloaded
from the 'Middle School Research' page.
Presentations from some of the conference sessions are now available from the
'Conference Reports' page.
Middle School News :
Two new publications
NEW - Intake Benchmarking 2014
Data capture sheet for NMSF Intake benchmarking 2014 - download
NEW - 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
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
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