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Assessment of Learning

Assessment without levels commission announced

GOV.UK – Nick Gibb sets out plans for a commission to help improve primary school assessment and testing. GOV.UK – Nick Gibb outlines the support given to schools as they move away from level descriptors.

Reception baseline assessment: guide to signing up your school

GOV.UK – Information for headteachers of primary schools about how to sign up and pay for the new reception baseline assessment. Early Excellence – Early Excellence is providing a series of ‘Baseline Briefings’ in which they will be discussing all the approved schemes.  However, Early Excellence is one of the commercial providers and providing this information does not mean […]

Scrap Baseline Assessment in Reception classes

Change.0rg – Early Education online petition to scrap Baseline Assessment, to be delivered to the Secretary of State for Education. The Independent – Baseline tests for new primary school students ‘dragoons children,’ say campaigners calling for them to be scrapped.

Pupil progress ‘key for primary accountability’

BBC News Education – Pupils’ academic progress should be the main measure used by the government to gauge whether England’s primary schools are performing well, a report argues. The Telegraph – Primary school league tables: pupil progress should be ‘main measure’.

Dylan Wiliam Events – further workshops

DYLAN WILIAM EVENTS – The final 3 UK workshops The three workshops will take place at ETC Venues – Dexter House, Tower Hill, London  15, 16 & 17 JUNE 2015 MONDAY, 15 JUNE – EMBEDDING FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT TUESDAY 16 JUNE – LEADERSHIP for TEACHER LEARNING WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE – NEW!  LIFE AFTER LEVELS: Principled Assessment Design £350 PER PARTICIPANT […]

Planning assessment without levels

Teach Primary – Dylan Wiliam writes about planning assessment without levels.

Few parents check league tables when choosing schools

BBC News Education – Fewer than a third of parents check league tables when choosing schools for their children, suggests a UK-wide survey for a teaching union.

South West AAIA Day Conference 2015

Exploring and Evidencing Mastery Learning – Children as the best advocates of their own learning. South West AAIA Conference 2015 – details and application form

Technology Enhanced Assessment

University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education – How the potential of digital technologies can best support improved assessment practices and preferred educational outcomes is becoming an issue of increasing importance.  An acknowledgement of the potential that digital technologies offer should recognise the complexity of the task, the many factors affecting successful educational change, and […]

Head teachers plan for new pupil-assessment systems

BBC News Education – Head teachers’ leaders have outlined what they think schools in England should do once the national system for measuring pupils’ performance is scrapped. NAHT – Report of the NAHT Commision on Assessment February 2014.

Prep schools provide four times more grammar school entrants than FSM pupils

Sutton Trust – More than four times as many grammar school pupils come from outside the state sector – with the vast majority likely to be from fee-paying preparatory schools – than the number entitled to free school meals, new Sutton Trust research shows. Sutton Trust – Poor Grammar: Entry into Grammar Schools for disadvantaged […]

Schools in England can take their own global Pisa tests

BBC News Education – Individual secondary schools in England will be able to take influential international tests to see how they compare with the highest performing schools in Asia and Europe.

‘Childhood damaged’ by over-testing, says poet laureate

BBC News Education – Children in England’s schools are being damaged by a culture of “incessant testing”, says a group of academics and writers, including poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Confidence, not peer pressure, is key to success at school, say researchers

Guardian Education – Study finds competition in the classroom can affect results of lower-ranking pupils. The Telegraph -Weakest pupils ‘suffer crisis of confidence in top schools’. Centre for Economic Performance – The Importance of Rank Position.

DfE’s primary accountability proposals are deeply flawed: Colin Richards, former HMI

TES article – Despite warranted scepticism about the genuineness of the Department for Education’s so-called “consultations”, all those who are concerned with the future of English primary education need to respond to the current proposals on primary accountability by the deadline of October 11.