A new package of pupil assessment methods, developed by teachers for teachers, was today (1 May 2014) unveiled by the government.

The new methods, one of which will use in-class apps, will help schools easily and accurately chart pupils’ attainment and progress so they can provide effective, targeted support where it is needed, and will give parents clearer information about their child’s performance and progress.

Each of the 9 successful schools, which are in London, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Sussex, Devon and Oxfordshire, will now receive up to £10,000 of funding from the Department for Education to turn their model into free, easy-to-use packages for other schools to use.

The new methods have been designed to replace the current over-complicated, vague and unambitious levels system, which will be scrapped in September.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

Our reforms are giving teachers the freedom to do what they know is best for their pupils – not Whitehall bureaucrats. That’s why we want schools taking control and creating models of assessment which they know will work and which will suit them.

These packages will give far more useful information to parents about how their child is performing, and will provide valuable information to schools.

Find out more details on the gov.uk website

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