A Guide to Assessment: Tools and support for primary schools in England

The removal of National Curriculum levels provides an opportunity the profession cannot afford to miss. We need to build teachers’ confidence in developing their own approaches to assessment that are focused on the needs of their pupils, tailored to the school’s curriculum and support really effective teaching. While moving away from a system of assessment […]

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Working together to help assessment work for pupils and parents

Many of the Government’s statements about assessment under the National Curriculum 2014 have stressed that, with the exception of the national, statutory arrangements (e.g. tests and teacher assessment at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 and the Phonics Screening Check) each school should determine its own assessment policy and practice. Here’s a typical […]

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What does the Commission on Assessment without Levels say … and not say? Part 1

17th September saw the publication of the final assessment information from the DFE. This included the following: The Final Report of the Commission on Assessment without Levels The Government’s Response to the Commission’s Final Report Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks for end of Key Stage 1 and end of Key Stage 2 In the next two blog posts we will attempt to give you a brief overview of what the information contained and what impact this information will […]

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2016 Teacher Assessment Performance Descriptors for Mathematics and Science

After taking a look at the new performance descriptors for reading and writing, we now turn our attention to mathematics and science. Mathematics At KS1 there are three performance descriptors- ‘working towards the national standard’, ‘working at the national standard’, and ‘working at a greater depth within the national standard’. At KS2, there is just […]

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