KS1 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements

On 15th October 2018, the DfE announced the modification of KS1 teacher assessment frameworks.


Teacher assessment frameworks

  • English Reading, mathematics and science frameworks have been modified for use from the 2018/2019 academic year onwards.
  • English writing frameworks will remain the same as those introduced for the 2017/2018 academic year.
  • The ‘pupil can’ statements have been refined for clarity to ensure they represent the key aspects of the national curriculum and reflect classroom practice.

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KS2 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements

On 15th October 2018, the DfE announced the removal of KS2 teacher assessment judgements for English reading and mathematics and revised science teacher assessment frameworks.


Removal of teacher assessment for English reading and mathematics

The DfE state that this change has been made in response to the public consultation on Primary Assessment in 2017, and aims to reduce assessment burdens on schools. Test results in English reading and mathematics will continue to be used in school performance measures.

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Challenging ‘Behaviour Policies’: Misunderstood, inappropriate and unfair

I believe that proper assessment would reveal that these children have a range of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) problems that are the real cause of their misbehaviours.

Thanks to Rob Long, educational psychologist and author of SNAP-B, for the following article.

Recently I attended a meeting on school exclusions where clear evidence was presented which highlighted there are certain ‘at risk’ groups that are more likely to be excluded. For me this reinforced the article I had read by J O’Brian in which he suggested that there is a systemic bias in the education system against certain ethnic groups.

With this thought in mind I began to wonder if there is a similar bias to explain why children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) or Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) statements are also a vulnerable group to being excluded as the data suggests that they are higher than other non-disabled groups on exclusions.

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SENCO or Superhero – how on earth can any one person even start to do it all?

At first glance, the key issues related to SEN support and provision seem overwhelming. It gets worse at second glance, and the third … Small wonder so many schools find recruitment so hard for this role.

Thanks to Charles Weedon, educational psychologist and author of Special Needs Assessment Profile (SNAP) SpLD and SNAP-B, for the following article.

Who are they, who should they be?

The SENCO is the only role in a school that must be a qualified teacher and have a post-graduate qualification (unless they were in post before 1 September 2009). As a SENCO, you’re responsible for some of the most challenging pupils in a school – at the same time you’re at the confluence, the crunch point, for an ever-increasing barrage of expectations and demands.

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The most common SpLDs found in the classroom: How identification and intervention can remove barriers to learning

By identifying and minimising the barriers to learning, the child can feel more comfortable in the learning situation and will usually respond more effectively to the intervention offered.

Thanks to Gavin Reid, educational psychologist and author of Special Needs Assessment Profile (SNAP) SpLD, for the following article.


Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

In every classroom in every school there will be a considerable number of children experiencing some form of specific learning difficulty. These can include: literacy difficulties (dyslexia), movement and coordination issues (dyspraxia), numeracy problems (dyscalculia), handwriting issues (dysgraphia), speech and language problems (Specific Language Impairment) and auditory processing difficulties (APD).

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Ofsted and the 2019 Framework: Paradigm Shift or Cosmetic Respray?

In September 2019, the Ofsted inspection framework will change, but what does that mean for assessment?

Thanks to John Dabell, trained teacher and former Ofsted inspector, for the following article.

Although work is ongoing, and Ofsted is still preparing for the 2019 changes, there are some signs we can draw on which help shed some light on what the future holds.

Ofsted strategy: 2017-2022

Ofsted reminds us in it 2017-2022 strategy that everything it does is first and foremost to champion the interests of children and students, acting as a ‘force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation.’  It also tells us that it is nimble and adaptable to change and does not have preferred styles of teaching. Continue reading →

How we use light-touch, formative assessment throughout the year

Thanks to Ruth Duckworth, Year 6 teacher, for the following article.

The most effective teachers not only refine starting points, but also make regular adjustments to planning during the learning journey.

As the new term starts and classroom timetables settle down to ‘real’ lessons, it is easy to roll with the planning as it is – especially if you’re teaching in the same year group as last year. It’s comfortable to start with the same topics, for example reading and exploring a novel you’re familiar with, often teaching virtually the same lessons all over again.

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2018 National curriculum assessments at KS2

On 4th September 2018, the DfE published provisional attainment statistics for the 2018 KS2 national curriculum assessments.

Summary of the 2018 KS2 national curriculum assessments:

  • This year, 64% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 61% in 2017.
  • Attainment at the expected standard has increased across all subjects.
    • 75% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading.
    • 76% of pupils reached the expected standard in maths.
    • 78% of pupils reached the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Continue reading →

New Pre-key Stage Standards: What schools need to know

Thanks to Sarah Minty, Commissioning Editor for SEN at RS Assessment from Hodder Education, for the following article.

Following a government consultation on the Rochford Review, the pre-key stage standards, which have been in place for 2017/2018, are now final, after a review by teachers and other educational experts.

From summer 2019, teachers must use these pre-key stage standards to make statutory assessment judgements at the end of KS1 and KS2, for any pupils who are working below the national curriculum teacher assessment frameworks and above P scale 4. Continue reading →


MARK (MY ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING KIT)          Last updated 14/09/2018

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1.1 In these Terms, unless the context requires otherwise, the following expressions have the following meanings:

“Access Period”: the period during which the Licensee has access to, and continues to use, the MARK Website.

“Authorised User”: all members of staff employed by the Licensee and all students of the Licensee who are granted access to the MARK Website by Licensee.

“Licensed Material”: the MARK Website software and all material and content available for access on the MARK Website from time to time (other than Pupil Data), together with any additional material that the Licensor makes available to the Licensee in connection with the MARK Website.

“Licensee”: the school, institution, government body or other legal entity who accesses the MARK Website and the Licensed Material by registering one or more Authorised User.

“Licensor”: Rising Stars UK Limited (on behalf of its business division, Hodder Education), registered office Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DZ.

“MARK Website”: the website at the URL https://my.risingstarsassessment.co.uk/.

“parties”: the Licensor and the Licensee.

“Pupil Data”: any information about, or data relating to, pupils that is entered onto the MARK Website by Authorised Users, including, without limitation, assessment data.

“Test Credit”: the units allocated to the Licensee on purchase to enable the Licensee and/or any Authorised User to access the interactive tests constituting part of the Licensed Material.


2.1 In consideration of, and subject to, the Licensee observing its obligations under these Terms and payment for Test Credits for use of the parts of the MARK Website only accessible on payment, the Licensor grants to the Licensee during the Access Period the non-exclusive rights (the “Rights”) to access, and permit Authorised Users to access, at any time the MARK Website for the purpose of accessing the Licensed Material, solely for research, teaching, and assessment purposes.

2.2 The Rights are personal to the Licensee and do not extend to its subsidiary or parent organisations, or to any other related or affiliated organisations. The Licensee may not assign, sub-license, transfer, charge or otherwise dispose of its rights under these Terms without the prior written consent of the Licensor.

2.3 Title to, and ownership of, all brand names, service names, product names, titles and copyright material used in or on the MARK Website (including without limitation the Licensed Material) is not transferred to the Licensee and remains vested in the Licensor, subject to the Rights granted in clause 2.1. The Licensee acknowledges that any rights not expressly granted to Licensee under these Terms are reserved to the Licensor. Licensee shall not reproduce any Licensed Material.

2.4 Ownership of all email addresses, passwords of Authorised Users and any resources or content in which the Licensee holds intellectual property rights that the Licensee or any Authorised User has uploaded to the MARK Website (including assessment data) (together, “Licensee Content”) is retained by the Licensee. The Licensee grants to the Licensor a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free licence to use the Licensee Content for Licensor’s legitimate business purposes, including without limitation, to produce and distribute reports, national assessment benchmarks and data sets using assessment data uploaded to the MARK Website by Authorised Users, which data the Licensor shall only use in anonymised form, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Licensee.

2.5 The Licensee is responsible for the provision of and payment for the computer hardware and software equipment and telecommunication services necessary for access to the MARK Website and the Licensed Material. The Licensor will not issue credits or refunds against charges incurred by the Licensee in relation to such telecommunication services or those incurred contacting the Licensor. The Licensee accepts that the Licensor has no control over such hardware, software and telecommunication services and that the Licensor shall have no liability to the Licensee for the acts or omissions of providers of telecommunication services or for faults in or failures of their apparatus. The Licensor is not responsible for any technical support requirements arising from the Licensee’s use of any hardware, software and telecommunications services used to access the MARK Website and the Licensed Material.

2.6 The Licensee shall use its best efforts to safeguard the intellectual property, confidential information (including without limitation these Terms) and proprietary rights of the Licensor.


Except as expressly permitted in clause 2.1, the Licensee warrants that it will not, nor will it license or permit others to, directly or indirectly, without the Licensor’s prior written consent:

(a) sell, distribute, license, rent or otherwise exploit the Licensed Material, any element of it, or any derivative work for any commercial purpose;

(b) make the Licensed Material, any element of it, or weblinks created by the URL Generator, available by any means to persons other than Authorised Users;

(c) make the Licensed Material, or any element of it, or weblinks created by the URL Generator, available on, or by, electronic bulletin boards, news groups, websites, FTP or any other means of posting or transmitting material on the Internet, an on-line service or wide area network;

(d) use the Licensed Material, or weblinks created by the URL Generator, to create any derivative work, product or service, or merge the Licensed Material with any other product, database, or service, excepting use within the Licensee’s Virtual Learning Environment or institutional intranet;

(e) alter, amend, modify, translate, or change the Licensed Material;

(f) undertake any activity which may have a damaging effect on the Licensor’s ability to achieve revenue through selling and marketing the Licensed Material;

(g) upload or share any material on the MARK Website which is, in whole or in part, pornographic , libellous or obscene, or to which the Licensee does not hold the necessary usage rights;

(h) transmit any viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses or other malicious code or items of a destructive nature during its use of the MARK Website; or

(i) otherwise use the Licensed Material supplied in accordance with these Terms in a manner that would infringe the copyright or other proprietary rights contained within it.


4.1 These Terms shall apply for the duration of the Access Period.

4.2 The Licensor may suspend or terminate access to the MARK Website and/or provision of the Licensed Material to the Licensee with immediate effect on written notice without liability or the obligation to reimburse any payment for Test Credits if the Licensor believes that Licensee is responsible for the MARK Website being accessed or the Licensed Material being used in a manner that contravenes these Terms.

4.3 Licensor may terminate Licensee’s access to the MARK Website and/or Licensed Materials and/or the Access Period without cause at any time upon thirty days’ written notice to the Licensee. In these circumstances, the Licensor shall repay to the Licensee any payment received by the Licensor for Test Credits that are unused at the date of termination.


5.1 The Licensee agrees to pay to the Licensor any fees payable for the purchase of Test Credits on the Licensor’s request and in any event within 30 days of receipt of Licensor’s invoice. If the Licensee does not pay such fees when due, the Licensor shall not make the Test Credits available to the Licensee.

5.2 While the Licensor makes every effort to ensure that information on its websites is accurate, this cannot be guaranteed. Prices displayed and availability in respect of the Licensed Material on the MARK Website or any other of Licensor’s websites may change without prior notice.


6.1 The Licensee shall inform Authorised Users of the permitted use restrictions and other provisions set out in these Terms and shall ensure that all Authorised Users comply with these Terms.

6.2 The Licensee will notify the Licensor immediately of any infringement of these Terms that come to the Licensee’s notice and the Licensee agrees to cooperate with the Licensor as appropriate to stop further infringement should it occur.

6.3 Licensee shall be liable for any breach of these Terms by any Authorised User. Licensee undertakes to ensure that any breach of these Terms by an Authorised User is not allowed to continue after Licensee has received notice of such breach, whether from the Licensor or otherwise.

6.4 The Licensor shall be entitled to monitor the use of the Licensed Material through the Licensor’s servers so as to monitor compliance with these Terms.

6.5 The Licensee shall be responsible for administering the registration of Authorised Users and of removing permissions for any individuals who are no longer Authorised Users including in the event that such individuals cease to be members of staff or employees of the Licensee. The Licensee shall keep an up to date list of Authorised Users and take such steps as maybe reasonable to ensure that the Authorised Users keep their contact details up to date.

6.6 The Licensee shall be responsible for ensuring that Authorised Users do not share passwords and keep these securely.


7.1 The Licensor warrants to the Licensee that it has full rights and authority to grant the Rights to the Licensee and that the use by the Licensee of the Licensed Material in accordance with these Terms will not infringe the rights of any third party.

7.2 The Licensor shall indemnify the Licensee for the amount of any award of damages against the Licensee by a court of competent jurisdiction as a result of any claim arising from a breach of the warranty in clause 7.1, provided that the Licensor shall be entitled to assume sole conduct of any defence and shall have the right at its option to:

(a) procure the right for the Licensee to continue using the Licensed Material;

(b) make such alterations, modifications or adjustments to the Licensed Material so that it becomes non-infringing without incurring a material reduction in performance or function; or

(c) replace the Licensed Material with non-infringing substitutes provided that such substitutes do not entail a material reduction in performance or function.

7.3 The Licensee acknowledges and agrees that the Licensed Material (including any reports provided by the Licensor based on Pupil Data) is provided for information purposes only and Licensee relies on the Licensed Material at its own risk. The Licensor makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability, quality, accuracy or fitness for a particular purpose in respect of the Licensed Material or any information or advice given by any representative of the Licensor. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this clause 7, all conditions, warranties, terms, representations, and undertakings express or implied, statutory or otherwise in respect of the Licensed Material are to the fullest extent permitted by law expressly excluded.

7.4 The Licensee acknowledges that the content of the Licensed Material is subject to change without notice.


The Licensor’s failure to perform any term or condition of these Terms as a result of conditions beyond its control such as, but not limited to, war, strikes, floods, governmental restrictions, power failures, or damage or destruction of any network facilities or services, shall not be deemed a breach of these Terms.


9.1 Neither party excludes or limits liability to the other party for death or personal injury caused by its own negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation or any other liability the exclusion or limitation of which is expressly prohibited by law.

9.2 Subject to clause 9.1, the liability of the Licensor to the Licensee in respect of any and all claims (whether in contract or in tort) arising out of or in connection with the MARK Website or the Licensed Material is limited in respect of each event or series of connected events to the lesser of £1,000 or an amount equal to the fees payable by the Licensee in the twelve-month period immediately preceding the events giving rise to the claim.

9.3 Subject to clause 9.1, notwithstanding anything else contained in these Terms, in no event shall the Licensor be liable to the Licensee for any loss of profits, business, revenue, goodwill, anticipated saving or any other indirect, special, incidental or consequential loss or damage.

9.4 Subject to clause 9.1, the Licensor shall not be liable for any claim arising from:

(a) omissions or inaccuracies in the Licensed Material regardless of how caused;

(b) any failure or malfunction resulting wholly or to any material extent from the Licensee’s negligence, operator error, use other than in accordance with these Terms or any user documentation provided by the Licensor from time to time, or any other misuse or abuse of the Licensed Material;

(c) the failure by the Licensee to implement recommendations or solutions previously advised by the Licensor in respect of faults in the Licensed Material;

(d) the decompilation or modification of the Licensed Material or its merger with any other program or any maintenance, repair, adjustment, alteration or enhancement of the Licensed Material by any person other than the Licensor or its authorised agent; or

(e) the Licensee or any Authorised User being unable to exercise the Rights due to the Licensed Material being unavailable as a result of any act or omission of the Licensor provided that the period for which the Licensed Material is not available shall not exceed a period of 100 hours (in aggregate) in any continuous period of 1000 hours.


10.1 Both parties shall comply with the provisions of any applicable data protection law, including:  (i) unless and until the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“GDPR”) is no longer directly applicable in the UK, the GDPR and the legislation in the United Kingdom designed to implement the GDPR and/or provide for the protection of personal data (as such legislation is amended or replaced from time to time) including the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018); and (ii) any successor legislation to the GDPR or the DPA 2018 (collectively, the “Data Protection Legislation”).“Personal Data”, “Data Subject”, “Data Controller” and “Data Processor” shall have the same meaning as under the Data Protection Legislation.

10.2 Without prejudice to the generality of clause 10.1, the Licensee will ensure that it has all necessary appropriate consents and notices (including but not limited to consents from Authorised Users (and where required, written consents from parents or guardians) in place to enable the lawful transfer and processing of Personal Data (including Pupil Data) to the Licensor for the duration of the Access Period for the purpose of Licensee’s use of the MARK Website and Licensed Material and Licensor’s use of the Pupil Data in accordance with these Terms.

10.3 Both parties  shall obtain and maintain throughout the Access Period all necessary registrations and notifications that such party is obliged to obtain and maintain in accordance with the Data Protection Legislation in respect of providing or using the MARK Website.

10.4 In providing the MARK Website, the Licensor may process Personal Data (including Pupil Data) on the Licensee’s behalf. The Data Protection Schedule in Appendix A to these Terms sets out: a record of the subject matter, nature and purpose of such processing by the Licensor; the duration of the processing; the types of Personal Data; and categories of Data Subject which are the subject of this clause 10.4. The parties acknowledge that, save as otherwise provided in clause 10.7, for the purposes of the Data Protection Legislation, the Licensee is the ‘Data Controller’ and the Licensor is the ‘Data Processor’ (each as defined in the GDPR) in respect of such Personal Data.

10.5 When processing Personal Data as a data processor on behalf of the Licensee, Licensor shall in relation to any Personal Data processed in connection with the performance of its obligations under these Terms:

(a) process all such Personal Data only in accordance with the written instructions given by the Licensee from time to time unless the Licensor is required by any applicable laws to process the Personal Data;

(b) take reasonable steps to ensure that any of its employees, agents and sub-contractors who have access to such Personal Data are obliged to keep the Personal Data confidential;

(c) ensure that it has in place appropriate technical and organisational measures, to protect against unauthorised or unlawful processing of Personal Data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, Personal Data, appropriate to the harm that might result from the unauthorised or unlawful processing or accidental loss, destruction or damage and the nature of the data to be protected, having regard to the  state of technological development  and the cost of  implementing any measures;

(d) not transfer any such Personal Data to any country outside the European Economic Area without the prior written consent of the Licensee (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld) and unless the following conditions are fulfilled:

i) the Licensee or the Licensor has provided appropriate safeguards in relation to the transfer;

ii) the data subject has enforceable rights and effective legal remedies;

iii) the Licensor complies with its obligations under the Data Protection Legislation by providing an adequate level of protection to any Personal Data that is transferred; and

iv) the Licensor complies with reasonable instructions notified to it in advance by the Licensee with respect to the processing of the Personal Data;

(e) assist the Licensee, at the Licensee’s request, in responding to any request from a data subject in respect of their rights under Data Protection Legislation (such assistance shall be at the reasonable cost of the Licensee);

(f) not use any such Personal Data for any purpose that is not authorised under these Terms;

(g) assist the Licensee in ensuring and demonstrating compliance under the Data Protection Legislation with respect to security, breach notifications, impact assessments and consultations with supervisory authorities or regulators (such assistance shall be at the reasonable cost of the Licensee);

(h) notify the Licensee without undue delay on becoming aware of a Personal Data breach;

(j) at the written direction of the Licensee, delete or return Personal Data and copies thereof to the Licensee shall procure that any sub-processor shall do the same, unless required by any applicable laws to store the Personal Data; and

(k) maintain complete and accurate records and information to demonstrate its compliance with Data Protection Legislation.

10.6 The Licensor shall be entitled to appoint sub-processors to undertake processing of Personal Data on behalf of the Licensee provided that it enters into with such third-party processor(s) a written agreement incorporating terms relating to required compliance with Data Protection Legislation which are substantially similar to those set out in these Terms. As between the Licensee and the Licensor, the Licensor shall remain liable for all acts or omissions of any third-party sub-processor appointed by it.

10.7 The Licensor may process Personal Data (including Pupil Data) obtained direct from Authorised Users as a Data Controller:

(a) where such processing is necessary for its legitimate business interests as a supplier of digital platforms  where such legitimate interests do not endanger the rights and freedoms of Data Subjects  as described in the Licensor’s Privacy Notice made available to the Authorised User at the time of collection of such Personal Data;

(b) where such processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the Authorised User; or

(c) where the Authorised User has provided his/her consent to such processing.

10.8 The Licensor shall delete Pupil Data if the Licensee has not used the MARK Website for a continuous period of 12 months, or if requested to do so by the Licensee.

10.9 The Licensee confirms that it has read the Licensor’s Privacy Notice and Cookie Policy which are available on the MARK Website: https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/privacynotice  https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/use-of-cookies.


11.1 In the event that any provision of these Terms is held by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect.

11.2 No provision of these Terms or breach thereof may be waived except in a writing signed by the party against whom the waiver is sought to be enforced.

11.3 The Licensor may update these Terms from time to time at its discretion.

11.4 The failure of any party to enforce any provision of these Terms on any one occasion shall not affect its right to enforce another provision or the same provision on another occasion.

11.5 Nothing contained in these Terms shall constitute or shall be construed as constituting a partnership, joint venture, or contract of employment between the parties.


These Terms are governed by and construed in accordance with English law and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.



Appendix A

Data Protection Schedule

Subject matter of processing by the Licensor: MARK Website
Nature and purpose of processing: To provide educational assessment and learning tools and services via the MARK Website including support tools for learning, marking tests and assessments and recording assessment results and report generation.

To support use and access to on-line tool.

To provide customer service and support.

Duration of the processing: For the duration of the Access Period and for 2 years after the end of Licensee’s Access Period unless requested by Licensee to delete it earlier.
Types of personal data processed:

Teachers, staff members and administrative users at Licensee




Pupils, students of Licensee


Full name, title, contact details, email address, role, subject list, school, teaching group, user name/ ID and password, status, last log in date and other information relating to use of the platform.

Information relating to pupil and his/her education and learning for the provision of the services including   First, middle and last names, class, year, school, unique pupil number, age, date of birth, gender, pupil premium, password of pupils, status, last log-in date and test and assessment scores and data relating to the pupil’s use of learning materials in the Platform tool.

Special category data (where provided to Licensor) Information relating to pupil’s Ethnic origin, special education needs (SEN).
Categories of Data Subject: Teachers and administrative staff and authorised users of Licensee, pupils of Licensee school or educational establishment.

Last updated 14/09/2018