How was it for you? Reflecting on the primary assessment season 2016

It’s almost over. Almost exactly four years after Michael Gove formally announced the abolition of National Curriculum level descriptions, the first use of the new statutory assessment arrangements is nearing completion. Children in Years 2 and 6 have done their statutory tests, external moderation visits to selected schools are in full swing and teacher assessment […]

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2016 Teacher Assessment Exemplification Materials

Well, we’re finally there. The DfE has released the last exemplification materials: documents for reading and science KS1 and KS2 have been published and KS1 mathematics has been updated to include exemplification for ‘working towards the expected standard’ and ‘working in greater depth within the expected standard’. All of the materials can be found here , but here’s a quick overview of the […]

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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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