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Union calls for review of ‘chaotic’ primary assessment

TES News – NAHT president Kim Johnson will call it the “hokey cokey” of assessment at the union’s conference today.

BBC News Education – Primary testing regime chaotic, say head teachers.

Parents plan ‘stay at home’ school protest over Sats

BBC News Education – Thousands of parents in England plan to keep their children off school for a day next week in protest at tough new national tests, campaigners say.

TES News – Sats protest: thousands of parents to pull children out of school.

Statement from DfE about key stage 1 tests

GOV.UK – Schools Minister Nick Gibb’s statement following the accidental publication of a live key stage 1 (KS1) test.

GOV.UK – Statement from STA about key stage 1 tests.

STA – Statutory assessment update sent to schools  22 April 2016.

Sats primary school spelling test scrapped after blunder

BBC News Education – The government has been forced to cancel its controversial new spelling and grammar test after it was accidentally put online by officials.

TES News – Ministers scrap this year’s KS1 spelling punctuation and grammar test following online leak.

The Guardian – DfE withdraws spelling test after it accidentally appeared online.

The Telegraph – Government caves in to demands to scrap primary school spelling test after paper was leaked online .

TES News – Spag test leak makes a ‘mockery’ of the exam system, says teacher who discovered mistake.

 

 

Replacing baseline with two tests would be ‘the final straw’, heads warn

TES News – Division in government means that two separate primary assessments are on the table.  Any plans to bring in two new sets of national assessments for primary pupils would be the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, heads’ leaders have warned.

Parliament forced to consider debating whether EBac is ‘limiting, short-sighted and cruel’

TES News – A drama teacher’s petition attacking the government for excluding arts subjects from the new English Baccalaureate has attracted more than 100,000 signatures. This means Parliament must considering debating the issue.

Reception baseline comparability study published

GOV.UK – Reception baseline assessment will not be used as a starting point to measure pupil progress following a comparability study.

GOV.UK – Reception baseline comparability study.

BBC News Education – Baseline tests dropped as progress measure.

TES News – Baseline assessments dropped as accountability measures in major DfE U-turn.

TES News – Baseline U-turn: ‘superhead’ Alison Peacock describes her relief.

The Telegraph – ‘Unfair’ primary school baseline assessments dropped as progress measure.

The Guardian – Baseline tests dropped for reception pupils.

 

 

Ofsted to penalise schools for ‘gaming’ league tables

TES News – Schools must choose qualifications for the benefit of pupils, not to climb the rankings, warns inspectorate.  Ofsted is to crack down on league table “gaming” and mark down schools that use qualifications for their own benefit rather than focusing on the needs of pupils, a senior official at the inspectorate has told TES.

Teachers’ union calls for ballot on primary test boycott

BBC News Education – Teachers have voted to ballot for a boycott of all primary school tests, after claims that children in England are the “most tested in Europe”.

 

Reducing teacher workload: Data Management Review Group report

GOV.UK – Report about eliminating unnecessary workload for teachers when managing data, including principles and recommendations.

GOV.UK – Letters from the teacher workload review groups and Nicky Morgan.

Reducing teacher workload: Planning and Resources Group report

GOV.UK – Report about eliminating unnecessary workload for teachers regarding lesson planning, including principles and recommendations.

GOV.UK – Letters from the teacher workload review groups and Nicky Morgan.

Reducing teacher workload: Marking Policy Review Group report

GOV.UK – Report about eliminating unnecessary workload for teachers regarding marking, including principles and recommendations.

GOV.UK – Letters from the teacher workload review groups and Nicky Morgan.

Compare school and college performance

GOV.UK – The Department for Education (DfE) has recently released a new service on .gov.uk which will replace their existing Performance Tables website. The new school comparison tool was opened up to the public as a Beta service last week.

Data Dashboard closing down 30 September 2016

Ofsted – The Ofsted Data Dashboards will not be updated with 2015 data. However, the current dashboards will be available until 30 September 2016, after which the dashboard website will close down.

Clarification: key stage 1 and 2 teacher assessment and moderation guidance

STA – The purpose of this document is to give schools and local authorities (LAs) a summary of recent changes and clarification about key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) tests, teacher assessments (TA) and LA moderation for 2016.