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.

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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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TES - One leading educationist pays tribute to Professor Carol Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, who helped to create a monitoring system enabling schools to take a more informed and sophisticated view of data for the good of their pupils....

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NUT - The Mismeasurement of Learning: How tests are damaging children and primary education....

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TES - The inspectorate has repeatedly said that is not looking for detailed marking when judging schools – so why are some teachers still drowning under the weight of it?...

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TES - Ofsted is "concerned" that its inspectors are still looking for detailed marking when judging schools – despite pleas for them to steer away from the practice....

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GOV.UK - School Standards Minister Nick Gibb addresses the ResearchED national conference....

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TESS - Standardised assessments must be brought in, despite teachers’ qualms, John Swinney tells EIS conference. The Scotsman - John Swinney tells teachers not to fear Scots test shake-up....

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TES News - New research suggests that at least 194,000 pupils could be ill-prepared for the classroom in September.  Large proportions of children starting school are not ready for the classroom, according to primary school leaders....

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GOV.UK - Attainment of pupils at the end of key stage 2 and key stage 4, for the academic year 2013 to 2014, by levels of absence....

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GOV.UK - Guidance for test developers on the purpose, format, content, cognitive demand and specification for the key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (revised March 2016)....

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