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Assessment for Learning

Assessment for learning is fundamental to the development of independent learners. Through 'the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there' (ARG 2002) assessment for learning encourages pupils to take ownership of their learning.

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Assessment of Learning

Pupils' attainment and progress is summarised periodically in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes. Navigate to this part of the site for information and links relating to both statutory assessments (in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and non-statutory summative assessment processes.

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Assessment Matters

Assessment processes are integral to learning and teaching. This part of the site focuses on aspects of curriculum and pedagogy where assessment has a key role to play or that have implications for assessment practice, including curriculum reform, pupil voice and thinking skills.

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Examinations and Qualifications

Information about qualifications, awarding bodies and the regulation of examinations and qualifications in all parts of the United Kingdom.

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Performance Data

Links to sites supporting the use of data for school self evaluation and target setting, as well as sites providing national data for England, Scotland and Wales and international comparative information.

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Latest News and Developments

Extra screen time ‘hits GCSE grades’

BBC News Education – An extra hour a day of television, internet or computer game time in Year 10 is linked to poorer grades at GCSE, a Cambridge University study suggests.

National testing to be introduced in Scots schools

The Scotsman – A system of national testing is to be introduced in primary schools as part of a drive for greater educational equality in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. BBC News Education – Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils tests plan for schools. The Scotsman – Brian Wilson: School tests – when will we learn?

National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2015 (provisional)

GOV.UK – Provisional information on the 2015 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England. GOV.UK – Press release: Key stage 2 results show substantial increases in the number of 11-year-olds securing skills needed for secondary school compared to 2010. TES News – Sats results: Scores up as ministers launch ‘crackdown’ on low-performing areas. The Telegraph – Calculator […]

Results for National Courses and Awards 2015

SQA – The Scottish Qualifications Authority today (Tuesday 4 August 2015) announces the results for National Courses and Awards 2015. The Scotsman – Pupils sitting the new Higher maths exam had the pass mark lowered to 33.8 per cent, it has emerged.  Data released by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) revealed the percentage required to achieve a […]

Schools don’t seem able to give up levels, leaked report finds

TES News – Schools are recreating the old system of assessing pupils by national curriculum levels, a leaked draft of a government-commissioned report on assessment has found. Guardian Education – Leaked ‘levels’ report reveals testing concerns. See also – Commission on Assessment Without Levels – July 2015 update.