James Pembroke

Six primary assessment fixes

With government consulations now underway, speaking up about these suggested changes could help transform assessment for the better

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In March, the Department for Education launched two separate consultations on primary assessment (see bit.ly/PrimaryConsult17 and bit.ly/RochfordConsult). We have until 22 June to have our say. For what it’s worth, here are six things I’d call for:

A baseline test to be taken early in Reception year

This is a no-brainer for me. Officially, progress is only measured from the end of Year 2 to the end Year 6, which presents an odd and incomplete picture that has resulted in the EYFS to key stage 1 travesty in current RAISE reports and dashboards. If we must have a progress measure, then surely ...

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