NAHT – On 5 June 2017, NAHT wrote to the Secretary of State outlining our concerns with the current approach to the assessment of writing, and our belief that this data […]
GOV.UK – Standards and Testing Agency annual report and accounts 2016 to 2017 (for the year ended 31 March 2017).
The Guardian – A row has broken out over the marking of this year’s primary school tests after teachers complained that their pupils had been unfairly marked down for the shape […]
GOV.UK – Provisional headline information on the 2017 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2. GOV.UK – Primary school tests show schools rising to the challenge. TES – Sats: 61 per cent of pupils […]
TES – A damning report into social mobility says there is “currently no prospect” of the grades gap between poorer children and their peers being eliminated at GCSE or A level. The […]
BBC News Education – The head of one of England’s biggest exam boards has expressed “profound regret” after leaks hit two of its A-level exams in the past few days.
TES – New data uncovered by TES suggests the government has failed to ensure the “more consistent, reliable approach” to moderating teacher assessments of writing it promised following last year’s Sats chaos.
TES – A primary headteacher has refused to enter her pupils for Sats tests this year, despite being told she could lose her job over the decision.
The Guardian – The government is failing to provide sufficient information about the new GCSEs because of an “overzealous” interpretation of rules governing what civil servants can say in the runup to […]
The Guardian – The panel of four who advised Michael Gove on the primary spelling and grammar test now have reservations.
House of Commons Select Committee for Education – The close link between primary assessment (SATs) and school accountability creates a high stakes system which can negatively impact children’s teaching and learning, […]
GOV.UK – Update on Primary Assessment in England. GOV.UK – Press release: Government to consult on reforms to primary. assessment system. GOV.UK – News story: Primary assessment consultation launched today. Consultation GOV.UK – We’re seeking views on […]
GOV.UK – Update on Primary Assessment in England. GOV.UK – Press release: Government to consult on reforms to primary. assessment system. GOV.UK – We’re seeking views on recommendations for assessing primary school pupils working below […]
TES – Headteachers fear that a school’s overall score on crucial accountability measure can be distorted by a handful of pupils. Mounting pressure from schools is forcing the government to look again at […]
GOV.UK – We’ve listened to feedback from schools and local authorities about last year’s assessment and moderation arrangements. In response, we’ve produced a video to address some common misconceptions.