Nick Brook

At last, there’s hope for primary assessment

After the chaos of last year, the government seems to have listened to teachers’ protests – so maybe we can now build a system that we can all have faith in

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By last summer, primary assessment had become an incoherent mess. Constant tinkering, without any sense of a masterplan, has led to a confusing system of statutory assessment that serves no one, least of all the government. It distorts the curriculum, is time- and resource-intensive and distracts attention away from focusing on the day job of teaching. To put it another way, statutory assessment is doing more harm than good.

Earlier this year, the Assessment Review Group – an independent panel of experts convened by the NAHT headteachers’ union – published the "Redressing the Balance" report ...

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