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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 their product is endorsed by AAIA.

Links to approved schemes:

Centre for Evaluation and management, (CEM)

Early Excellence

GL Assessment

Hodder Education

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

Speech Link


See also Scrap Baseline Assessment in Reception classes.











Key Stage 4 School Performance Tables 2014


DfE School and College Performance Tables – Key Stage 4 2014.

GOV.UK – 90,000 more pupils taking core academic GCSEs than in 2010.

GOV.UK – Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2013 to 2014 (statistical first release).

GOV.UK – GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics: 2014.

Press coverage:

BBC News Education – School league tables: More schools fail to make grade.

The Telegraph – GCSE performance tables: Number of failing schools doubles in a year.

Guardian Education – Number of English schools failing on GCSE targets doubles in a year.

TES News – GCSEs: number of schools missing floor targets doubles as reforms hit.

TES News – GCSEs: league tables a ‘broken system’ because of constant tinkering, critics claim.

The Independent – School league tables: Number of schools failing to reach minimum government GCSE targets doubles.

The Telegraph – Dozens of private schools branded failures in controversial new league tables.

14-18 School Performance tables 2014

DfE School and College Performance Tables – Key Stage 5 2014.

GOV.UK – Statistical first release about level 3 results of young people aged 16 to 18 in England for the academic year 2013 to 2014.

For related press coverage see – Key Stage 4 School Performance Tables 2014.

Estyn report shows primary school standards decline

BBC News Education – The standards of primary schools inspected in Wales declined in 2014 compared to previous years, according to education watchdog Estyn.

Estyn – Annual Report 2013 – 2014.

Wales School Ratings – which colour is yours?

BBC News Education – Parents can find out how their children’s schools have been rated with the results of a new colour-coded system revealed.

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.

Schools asked to test-run new maths GCSEs by Ofqual

BBC News Education – Schools in England are being asked to put pupils through extra mock maths exams after concerns were raised over the new maths GCSE.

Officials run into ‘amber-red’ hitch over new primary school ‘levels’

Guardian Education – Serious behind-the-scenes concerns have been raised about a new assessment system scheduled to be introduced in English primary schools in September, an internal Department for Education paper warns.

A-levels: Schools uncertain over choices, says Ucas

BBC News Education – Many schools have not decided what sixth-form courses they will teach later this year when exam changes come into force in England, university admissions service Ucas says.

IGCSEs would have encouraged ‘race to the bottom’, say ministers

TES News – IGCSEs will no longer count for school league tables because their inclusion would have encouraged a “race to the bottom”, ministers said today.

Nick Gibb writes to exam boards about performance tables

GOV.UK – Minister for School Reform informs awarding organisations about qualifications counted in performance tables.

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

Publishing performance measures on school and college websites

GOV.UK – Publishing performance measures on school and college websites Government – consultation response.