Following a series of conversations with NAHT, the DfE has agreed to change the deadline for primary school teacher assessment for 2016 only.

In a letter to NAHT, Schools Minister Nick Gibb confirmed that the department will change the deadline for this year’s assessments at key stage 1 and 2 to 30th June.

The change, for 2016 only, has been made in recognition of the new circumstances for teachers working with a new framework and to new standards. Clarification to guide teachers through the new 2016 assessment arrangements will also be sent to schools. Nick Gibb has also written to Sir Michael Wilshaw to ask that his Ofsted inspectors consider the changes when reaching their judgements.

School Minister Nick Gibb has said:

“Throughout this important reform process we have worked closely with teachers and headteachers and continue to listen to the concerns of the profession as the details of the new arrangements are finalised. We are working constructively with the teaching profession and their representatives to find solutions to some of the remaining issues. The NAHT’s readiness to work with us, rather than use the media to scaremonger, has meant that we have been able to have a sensible discussion.

As a result we have made changes, which I hope will allay teachers’ concerns about workload and disruption, allowing us to continue working towards the goal we all want to achieve – the best possible education for all our children.”

For more information visit the DfE website.