New term news update

As the new term is well underway, we’re catching up with the breaking early years news from over the summer… Early Years Foundation Stage Profile This spring, the Department for Education announced a u-turn on their plan to replace the EYFS Profile with the introduction of baseline assessment in schools this academic year.  They have now […]

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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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INSET Days: Keeping them relevant

Earlier this year, the Teacher Development Trust called for a move away from models of one-off, one-day continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) for teachers, to more effective longer-term programmes of support and engagement. This raises questions about the role of ‘In Service Education Training’ (INSET) days. How do school leaders protect these days, building them into CPDL […]

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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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How is life without levels?

Last week I was leading a session at York university entitled native speaker orientation. I was trying to explain to the students from France, Germany and Spain who have just started their teacher training here the differences in the various types of schools in the UK.  Of course, this involved looking at how we have […]

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