Assessment Update - January 2016

Steph Reddington, 24th February 2016

January Updates


In the News…

Impressive progress in English primary schools continues

90,000 more pupils are leaving primary school with a good grounding in reading, writing and maths - the essential subjects which give children the best possible start in life - compared to 2010, results out on 10 December 2015 show.

The government has raised the bar by introducing higher floor standards, banning calculators for maths tests and introducing a spelling, punctuation and grammar test.

DfE Website - full article - click here

Minister of State at the Department for Education, Nick Gibb


Publication of reformed GCSE and A level content

The government is reforming GCSEs and A levels to be rigorous and more knowledge-based and to match the qualifications used in the best education systems in the world.

Schools are now teaching some of the new reformed GCSEs and the DfE have already published reformed subject content for those GCSEs to be taught from September 2016.

On 17 December 2015, the DfE published revised subject content for some of the GCSEs that will be taught in schools from September 2017.

New GCSEs include: astronomy, business, economics, engineering, geology and psychology.

DfE Website - full article - click here

Content for reformed GCSEs - click here

Primary performance tables show schools across the country are rising to the challenge


Assessment of children working below the level of the National Curriculum tests

On 17 December 2015, the Rochford Review was published. Schools will use this interim statutory solution in 2016 to assess pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests and above the performance scales (P scales).

Many of these pupils have SEN and those with the most severe and complex needs will have their outcomes reported using the P scales. There is no change to this requirement for 2015 to 2016.

The interim solution developed by the review follows the same principles as the ITAFs. It creates additional pre-key stage standards for the frameworks which each contain a number of positive ‘pupil can’ statements.

Full Rochford Review - click here

Chair of Rochford Review, Diane Rochford


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Key Documents…

The Government regularly updates statutory documents. This section provides links to the most useful documents as well as information on when they were last updated (with details on how where available).

KS1 Interim Assessment Framework 2016
Published 17 September 2015
KS2 Interim Assessment Framework 2016
Published 17 September 2015
UPDATE: 4 November 2015
References to common exception words removed from the framework.
KS1 Assessment & Reporting Arrangements
Published 29 September 2015
UPDATE: 8 December 2015
No reference as to how.
UPDATE: 22 December 2015
PDF format KS1 and KS2 ARAs updated to include revised dates and information about interim teacher assessment following the Rochford review.
KS2 Assessment & Reporting Arrangements
Published 6 October 2015
UPDATE: 11 November 2015
Amendments to Section 4: NC Tests.
UPDATE: 22 December 2015
See above

KS1 Teacher Assessment Moderation Requirements
Published 7 December 2015
KS2 Teacher Assessment Moderation Requirements
Published 7 December 2015

Commission on Assessment Without Levels
Published 17 September 2015
Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessment - Technical Specifications
Published 16 December 2015


KS1 National Assessment Wall Chart
Published 5 September 2015
UPDATE: 22 December 2015
Includes some revised dates for the 2015 to 2016 test cycle.
KS2 National Assessment Wall Chart
Published 5 September 2015
UPDATE: 22 December 2015
Includes some revised dates for the 2015 to 2016 test cycle.

Just for Fun…

When trawling the internet for updates on assessment, you come across all sorts – this section is just for fun – no offence intended!

Pupil Asset does Star Wars! - click for vid



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