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, and includes links to relevant reports, research articles and sites.

Sats are no better than teachers at predicting pupil's GCSE and A-Level results, study finds...

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School exclusions review...

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Class privilege remains entrenched as social mobility stagnates...

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DfE - Materials to help school leaders and teachers review tasks associated with data management, so they can reduce workload....

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DfE - Advisory group report on removing unnecessary workload associated with data management and the government’s response....

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DfE is proposing the removal of floor standards and coasting measures and that, instead, all schools judged as Requires Improvement by Ofsted will be eligible for support and that schools with two consecutive Requires Improvement judgements will be eligible for...

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Ofsted - The draft education inspection framework for 2019 sets out how Ofsted proposes to inspect schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings. BBC News - Ofsted pledges new ranking for schools in tough areas. The Guardian - Ofsted plans overhaul...

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The Sutton Trust - As the academies programme has developed, policymakers have increasingly seen academy chains, and especially multi-academy trusts (MATs) as the best way of working to improve the performance of previously struggling schools and the educational outcomes of their...

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Ofsted - Ofsted's Annual Report presents our findings for the areas we inspect in early years childcare, schools, further education and skills and social care....

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Institute of Fiscal Studies - ... those who attend grammar schools do, on average, somewhat better than similar children in the comprehensive system.  On the other hand, those in selective areas who don’t get into grammar schools do worse than they...

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Education Endowment Fund - This guidance report is relevant to the teaching of all students, within any subject area. Most of the examples included are from Key Stages 1 to 4, where the research is strongest. It introduces a simplified framework...

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Education Endowment Fund - Metacognition and self-regulation approaches have consistently high levels of impact, with pupils making an average of eight months’ additional progress. The evidence indicates that teaching these strategies can be particularly effective for low achieving and older pupils....

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Education Endowment Fund - Marking plays a central role in teacher's work, yet there is very little evidence on which strategies are most effective....

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TES - In seeking to satisfy the demands of big data, we mustn't forget the psychological needs of our children, argues James Glasse....

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Ofsted - Ofsted's Annual Report presents our findings for the areas we inspect in early years childcare, schools, further education and skills and social care....

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TES - When they were first proposed, the coalition suggested free schools would drive up educational standards. But have they?...

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Education Endowment Foundation - Our Early Years Toolkit – an accessible summary of educational research – has been updated. Education Endowment Foundation - an accessible summary of educational research for early years teaching....

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GOV.UK - The ethnicity facts and figures website brings together information from across government about how ethnicity affects people's everyday lives.  Education attainment data shows there are disparities in primary school which increase in secondary school, with Chinese and Asian pupils tending...

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TES - Teaching union welcomes pledge from Scottish minister that the government will only access data 'at a national level'....

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GOV.UK - Ofqual's annual report and accounts for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017....

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Education Policy Institute - This report brings together research conducted in 2016 by both the London School of Economics and the Education Policy Institute on both the performance of different types of academies as well as that of Multi-Academy Trusts and...

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GOV.UK - The information that the Department for Education (DfE) will publish in the school and college performance tables - updated 31 July 2018....

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BBC News Education - Wales is in danger of missing out economically unless it improves its performance in global education tests, a former government advisor has said....

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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 Social Mobility Commission, in its report, also warns that it would...

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GOV.UK - Analysis of school performance and house price data to determine if houses close to the best performing schools cost more....

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