On 19th October, Education Secretary, Justine Greening released a written ministerial statement on primary assessment.
Acknowledging that the pace of recent changes has been ‘stretching’, one of the headlines is that there will be no national tests or assessments introduced before the 2018/19 academic year. There will, however be a consultation on the longer term future of primary assessment which is set for the early new year.
Read the full statement here.
Justine Greening highlights importance of having the highest aspirations for all children.
Coasting Standards Definition Confirmed
In the latest update of the Primary Accountability document, the Government have confirmed the measures required for a school to be considered coasting.
As previously, this will rely on three years of school data.
For full details, see page 8 of the document by clicking here.
Schools will have to be below coasting definition in three consecutive years. Source: TES
Rochford Review – Final Report Published
Last year, the Government commissioned Diane Rochford to lead the review into assessment of pupils working below the standards of the test. The main recommendation is the removal of the statutory requirement to assess pupils with SEND using P Scales. Instead, the review calls for existing ‘pre-Key Stage’ standards to remain, with additional categories being introduced to enable broader assessment opportunities. The report’s recommendations will form part of the consultation on Primary Assessment early in the new year with final decisions being made following the consultation.
To read the full document, click here.
The final report, following interim recommendations proposed in Dec 2015.
New Publications: Statutory Guidance for 2017.
On 21 October, the STA and DfE published a range of useful documents for the current academic year:
A wide range of statutory guidance is available from gov.uk
Action: Academies and Free Schools monitoring and moderation arrangements
Academy and Free School funding agreements require them to comply with statutory moderation and monitoring requirement for end of Key Stage assessments. Provision must be in place for:
To find out more about the requirements, click here.
Provision must be in place for effective monitoring