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.

TES News - Too much testing is "bad for pupils" and "bad for teachers" says NUT general secretary.  The National Union of Teachers' outgoing leader has condemned the government for "turning our schools at all levels into exam factories."...

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The Guardian - Assessment systems requiring different-coloured pens and rubber stamps are the biggest cause of stress for teachers, according to a union survey....

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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....

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BBC News Scotland - Scotland's largest teachers' union, the EIS, has warned that Scottish government plans for new assessments in schools are a "damaging, retrograde step". So, could the disagreement lead to a boycott of the tests by teachers?...

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GOV.UK - This report provides advice to schools about how to develop new approaches to pupil assessment that are based on needs of the pupils, follow the school’s curriculum and support effective teaching. GOV.UK - Commission on Assessment Without Levels: government response. TES News - Life after levels...

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TES News - One star of BBC Two's Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School believes that state school teaching methods are holding staff and pupils back....

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TES News - Scottish government plans to collect national data on the percentage of children reaching expected levels in reading, writing and numeracy brings the possibility of school league tables much closer, it has been warned....

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GOV.UK - Pedagogy in early childhood education and care (ECEC): an international comparative study of approaches and policies....

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GOV.UK - Commission on Assessment Without Levels: The commission has completed its final report and the government is considering its official response. We’ll publish both the report and the government response when schools return from the summer break in September...

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TES News - A new Ofsted report has cast fresh doubts on the wisdom of the government’s controversial new “baseline” assessments for four-year-olds. GOV.UK - The report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015: Early years....

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BBC News Education - The biggest ever global school rankings have been published, with Asian countries in the top five places and African countries at the bottom. TES News - UK below Poland and Vietnam in biggest ever international education rankings....

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BBC News Education - Teachers could reduce their workload by outsourcing the marking of pupils' school work to staff overseas, suggests a leading education researcher....

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Welsh Government - Professor Donaldson has identified very real strengths in Wales, including the Foundation Phase and the commitment to the Welsh language and culture on which we can build. His report also identifies the shortcomings of the current curriculum arrangements...

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GOV.UK - DfE has established the members of the commission on assessment without levels that will support schools following the removal of levels.  ...

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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....

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BBC News Education - Pupils' academic progress should be the main measure used by the government to gauge whether England's primary schools are performing well, a report argues. The Telegraph - Primary school league tables: pupil progress should be 'main measure'....

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Teach Primary - Dylan Wiliam writes about planning assessment without levels....

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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....

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University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education - How the potential of digital technologies can best support improved assessment practices and preferred educational outcomes is becoming an issue of increasing importance.  An acknowledgement of the potential that digital technologies offer...

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BBC News Education - Individual secondary schools in England will be able to take influential international tests to see how they compare with the highest performing schools in Asia and Europe....

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BBC News Education - Children in England's schools are being damaged by a culture of "incessant testing", says a group of academics and writers, including poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy....

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GOV.UK - materials for practitioners assessing children's development at the end of the early years foundation stage (EYFS)....

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Guardian Education - Study finds competition in the classroom can affect results of lower-ranking pupils. The Telegraph -Weakest pupils ‘suffer crisis of confidence in top schools'. Centre for Economic Performance - The Importance of Rank Position....

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OECD - How can assessment and evaluation policies work together more effectively to improve student outcomes in primary and secondary schools?  This report provides an international comparative analysis and policy advice to countries on how evaluation and assessment arrangements can...

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Institute of Fiscal Studies - Previous research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has shown that children born at the start of the academic year achieve better exam results, on average, than children born at the end of the...

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