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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 and 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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