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.
On 16th January, the DfE published a primary assessment information and resources guide to help teachers find online content for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two assessments.
On 18th December 2017, the DfE released the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook to support EYFS practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child’s attainment in 2018.
The EYFS Profile Handbook gives:
the child’s attainment in relation to the 17 early learning goal (ELG) descriptors.
a short narrative describing the child’s 3 characteristics of effective learning.
Summary of the EYFS Profile:
The EYFS Profile is not intended to be used for ongoing assessment.
Practitioner’s assessments are primarily based on observing children’s daily activities, in particular learning spontaneously, independents and consistently to understand their level of attainment, interests and learning styles.
On 17th October the DfE published the 2018 statutory guidance for assessments at the end of KS1 and KS2.
Key Changes for 2017 to 2018
Key stage 1
The STA has revised the English teacher assessment frameworks at the end of Key Stage 1. The revised ‘pupil can’ statements are less prescriptive and place greater emphasis on grammar, punctuation and spelling.
The KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests remain optional from 2018 onwards. Grammar, punctuation and spelling test materials will be available to download from 1st May.