Assessment and the new Ofsted framework

On 14th May, the DfE published the new Ofsted framework which will apply from September 2019.  This framework sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles and summarises the main judgements that inspectors make.

 

Summary of how the new framework will affect assessment

School’s use of assessment

  • To avoid the misuse or overuse of assessments, inspectors will evaluate how assessment is used in the school to support the teaching of the curriculum but not substantially increase teachers’ workloads.
  • Inspectors will look at whether schools’ collections of attainment or progress data are proportionate , represent an efficient use of school resources, and are sustainable for staff.
  • Schools using more than two or three data collection points a year should have clear reasoning for what interpretations and actions are informed by the frequency of collection.
  • If a school’s assessment system for data collection is disproportionate, ineffective or unsustainable for staff, inspectors will reflect this in their reporting.

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Realising the potential of technology in education

On 4th April 2019, the DfE published a new strategy to develop and embed technology within schools.  In the document, Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, stated:

“I believe technology can be an effective tool to help reduce teacher workload, increase efficiencies, engage students and communities, and provide tools to support excellent teaching and raise student attainment.” – Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education

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Multiplication tables check: administration guidance

On 1st April 2019, the DfE published administration guidance for the multiplication tables check for schools participating in the 2019 national voluntary pilot.

The guidance includes details on:

  • how to use the multiplication tables check system
  • how to administer the multiplication tables check
  • how to use pupil access and other check arrangements

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All pupils to be taught about mental and physical wellbeing

On 25th February 2019, the DfE announced that from September 2020 all Primary and Secondary school children will be taught about mental wellbeing – with a clear focus on the link between physical and mental health.

To ensure a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing is being taken, the DfE is offering funding training for senior mental health leads.

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Ofsted launches a consultation on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework

On 16th January 2019, the DfE launched a consultation on proposals on how Ofsted inspects schools to take effect from September 2019.  The new framework proposes to rebalance inspections to ensure children are receiving a rich and broad curriculum at every stage of their education from early years to higher education.

Key points:

  • revised framework to focus inspections on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-reliance on performance data
  • proposals will call time on the culture of ‘teaching to the test’
  • introduction of a new behaviour judgement to give parents reassurance that behaviour is good

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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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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 →

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: green paper

Between December 2017 and March 2018 the Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care held a public consultation on ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’.  The consultation received 2,700 responses and on 25th July 2018 the DfE published a green paper focusing on earlier intervention and prevention in schools.

 

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5 findings from the latest Special Educational Needs statistics

On the 26th July, the DfE published the latest statistics on pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

Summary

1. More pupils with SEN – For the second consecutive year, the proportion of pupils with SEN has risen from 14.4% of pupils (1,244,255) in January 2017 to 14.6% of pupils (1,276,215) in January 2018.

2. More pupils with a statement or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan –  The number of pupils with a statement or EHC plan increased by 11,495 pupils between January 2017 and January 2018.  The percentage of pupils with a statement or EHC plan has risen to 2.9% after remaining constant for 10 years (2007-2017). Continue reading →