‘Particular weaknesses’ and feeble excuses

With primaries facing yet more changes to teacher assessment, let’s not pretend they are to benefit pupils or parents, writes Michael Tidd

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Forgive me if I’ve mentioned teacher assessment in this column before, but here I go again. Moderation visits are beginning to take place in every local authority, and while some may have breathed a sigh of relief at not being selected, all schools now face the challenge of making teacher-assessed judgements for Year 2 and 6 by the end of the month.

Unfortunately, three years after the first changes to assessment, this is the one area that still hasn’t settled. For the third year running, there are slight adjustments to the way it works and, as far as I can tell, a new level of complication ...

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