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.
Plans have been announced by Justine Greening, the Education Secretary for the DfE, for a primary assessment system that focuses on pupil progress, mastering literacy and numeracy, and scrapping excessive workload for teachers.
The new primary assessment plans aim to deliver a better foundation for measuring progress and the impact of schools.
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On 31st August the DfE released the results of the KS2 national curriculum assessments and information about the 2017 performance tables.
2017 KS2 SATs results
This year there has been an increase in the proportion of pupils achieving both the expected standard and the higher standard in reading, writing and mathematics, compared with 2016.
The proportion of pupil’s achieving the expected standard has increased by 8 percentage points, from 53% in 2016 to 61% in 2017, and those attaining the higher standard has also increased from 5% to 9%.Continue reading →
Pupils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A level results today and overall, pass levels have fallen slightly but top A and A* grades are up. A-level entry numbers remained stable, whilst the number of AS-level entries dropped significantly. Find out more about trends in entry level numbers here.
In September 2016, progress data for primary schools was made available on the Tables Checking website. This data shows how a school performed in the new progress measures following the 2016 key stage 2 national tests.
The DfE has released scoring guidance, materials and answer sheets for the 2017 phonics screening check. These materials will help teachers and children become familiar with the phonics screening check, and enable teachers to score performance once the check has been administered.
The 2017 phonics screening check threshold mark is 32. Teachers should check each pupil’s mark against the thresholds to establish whether they have achieved the expected standard.