The Department for Education has released exemplification material for mathematics to support accurate teacher assessment at the end of key stages 1 and 2. This guidance should be used with the 2016 interim teacher assessment frameworks.
The Department for Education has released a guide with information for schools on how they will calculate primary school accountability measures. The 2016 performance tables will reflect the calculations used.
Spring term 2016 timelines have been published by the Department for Education to help headteachers, principals and governors plan for the term and academic year ahead.
It was reported yesterday that all children will be tested on their times tables as part of their KS2 national tests. Unveiled by education secretary Nicky Morgan on 3rd January, the tests will examine the multiplication skills of every 11-year-old. Children will be expected to know their tables up to 12×12 and will be tested using an “on-screen check”.
This month, the Standards and Testing Agency published the Rochford Review, a report which serves to provides guidance to schools about how to report statutory assessment outcomes for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests at key stages 1 and 2.
The DfE this week praised English primary schools for the continued progress of children. The performance tables, published on 10th December, indicate that 90,000 more children are leaving primary school with a ‘good grounding’ in the essential subjects compared to results in 2010.
Over on his blog, deputy head Michael Tidd has conveniently summarised the DfE’s latest instalment of information on statutory moderation requirements for 2016. It includes the new earlier dates that Teacher Assessment judgements must be submitted:
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has spoken today about reforms to promote educational excellence in schools, including proposed changes to primary school assessment. As well as the ‘baseline tests’ when pupils start in Reception, and new more rigorous national curriculum tests at the age of 11, the government is looking to introduce formal tests for pupils at age 7.
Updated Key Stage 2 assessment and reporting arrangements for 2016
Children who are at the end of Key Stage 2 in May 2016 will be the first to be assessed against the new national curriculum. Ahead of these new national tests, the Standards and Testing Agency have released statutory guidance for head teachers and local authority coordinators.