Phonics Screening Check: Sample materials and training videos

On 23rd April, the DfE updated the sample materials available for the 2018 Phonics Screening Check.

Structure of the Phonics Screening Check
The check contains 40 words divided into two sections of 20 words.  Both sections contains a mix of pseudo-words and real words.
Read more about the structure here.

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Reception baseline assessment

In response to the 2017 ‘Primary assessment in England government consultation’, on 11th April 2018 the DfE announced the introduction of a new statutory reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020.

 

New baseline assessments to be introduced from autumn 2020

The test will be administered by schools as soon as children enter reception and will enable schools to measure children’s progress from reception through to KS2.  The DfE will publish the results of these measures for all through primaries in the summer of 2027.

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Multiplication tables check trials to begin in schools

On 14th February 2018, the DfE announced that a small number of schools will be selected to trial the multiplication tables check next month.

The multiplication check follows the introduction of the phonics screening check in 2012, and is designed to ensure children in primary schools know their times tables up to 12 off by heart.

Key information about the multiplication checks:

  • The on screen checks will be sat by 8 and 9 year olds in Year 4 and will last no longer than 5 minutes
  • This year’s trial comes ahead of the mandatory checks in June 2020

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Teacher assessment frameworks at the end of KS1 and KS2

On 14th February 2018, the DfE updated the KS1 and KS2 teacher assessment frameworks for 2017/2018.

Changes to KS1 for 2017-2018

  • Revised teacher assessment frameworks in English writing, which include:
    • A more flexible approach – teachers can now use their discretion to ensure that a particular weakness does not prevent an accurate judgement of a pupil’s attainment overall being made.
    • Revised ‘pupil can’ statements –  a greater emphasis on composition, whilst statements relating to the more ‘technical’ aspects of English writing are less prescriptive.
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Teacher assessment moderation – writing moderation

On 29th January 2018, the DfE released updated information for local authorities (LAs) about the process and training for moderators of KS1 and KS2 English writing in 2017/2018.

The standardisation process

The standardisation process is designed to assure schools that LA moderation teams have the required knowledge to moderate KS1 and KS2 English writing assessments, ensuring consistency and accuracy across England.  LAs are required to moderate a least 25% of maintained schools and 25% of academies.

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