Assessment of Learning

Pupils’ attainment and progress is summarised periodically in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes. This part of the site contains information and links relating to both statutory assessments (in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and non-statutory summative assessment processes.

School workload reduction toolkit (including Data management and Feedback and marking)...

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Assessing and Monitoring Pupil Progress...

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Ofqual - The focus of this paper is on large-scale, primarily summative assessments of writing at the end of primary/elementary education....

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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 - Materials to help school leaders and teachers review tasks associated with feedback and marking, to help 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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STA - An assessment for pupils in reception to measure their progress in primary schools from 2020. STA - Information about the development of an assessment for pupils in reception to measure their progress in primary schools from 2020....

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DfE - Exploring ways teachers assess their pupils in primary and secondary schools following the removal of national curriculum levels....

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STA - This evaluation report was produced by IFF Research, working in partnership with Dr. Debs Robinson (University of Derby).  It looks at the use of the 7 aspects of engagement as a summative assessment tool at the end of key...

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British Educational Research Association (BERA) - This report sets out the case against the government’s proposal to use a baseline assessment test of pupils in reception to hold schools in England to account for the progress that pupils have made at...

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TES - Last week, the NEU vowed to disrupt the baseline assessments of four-year-olds. This week, the government announced that NFER had won the contract to begin testing in September 2020. Battle lines have been drawn....

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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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DfE - Government follows up phonics success with new multiplication tables trial.  A select number of schools across the country will start trialling the multiplication tables check from next month, the Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb has announced today (Wednesday 14 February). STA...

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DfE - International comparison studies of education including reports of England’s results in OECD PISA, and IEA TIMSS and PIRLS studies....

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Education Endowment Foundation - Review of assessment measures in the early years: Language and literacy, numeracy, and social emotional development and mental health....

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DfE - Findings from PIRLS 2016, assessing and comparing the reading attainment and attitudes of year 5 children. TES - How Pirls ranks 10-year-olds around the world in reading. BBC News Education - Northern Ireland and England schools in global top 10 for reading. DfE -Nick...

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TES - No More Marking says the findings show that comparative judgement is more 'consistent' than teacher assessments....

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The Telegraph - British school children could be guinea pigs for controversial new tests for five-year-olds, despite other nations rejecting the trials.  The move is disclosed in a contract document published quietly earlier this month by the Department for Education (DfE)....

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NAHT - In the spring of 2016 a consensus emerged within the profession, and beyond, that a fundamental review of statutory assessment was needed. The independent Assessment Review Group was established in May 2016 to consider the current system and to...

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BBC News Education - Children can pass the phonics test with just a basic knowledge of the government's preferred system for learning to read, research suggests....

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TESS - As debate rages in England over testing in primary schools, fury has erupted in another part of the UK over plans to introduce national testing for children as young as 4.  The Scottish government was this week accused...

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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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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 - 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...

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