Classroom cheat sheet: The national reference test

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This week: the national reference test

If someone says… "Oh God, not more testing!”

You say… “Not exactly. This is not a test as you’d think of it. The national reference test was introduced in 2017 to provide extra information to help the awarding of GCSEs. Run by the National Foundation for Educational Research under a contract with Ofqual, it was sat for the second time in the spring of this year.”

If someone says… "It still sounds a lot like more testing. Who sits it?”

You say… "Each year, a random sample of around 350 schools are selected and 60 pupils at each take a test booklet in ...

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