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:
Interim frameworks for teacher assessment at the end of key stage 1 and 2: now published
Following the removal of teacher assessment levels, statutory interim frameworks have been developed to support teachers in making robust and accurate judgements for pupils at the end of key stage 1 and 2 in 2016.
Thank you to Michael Dillon, Head Teacher at Kew Riverside Primary School for this guest post
I recently attended our Local Authority’s (Richmond & Kingston) annual Assessment and Learning Conference, which is always well organised and extremely informative. Throughout the day there were several excellent speakers and presentations, including South Farnham School, the Institute of Education and the assessment consultant and writer Shirley Clarke.
However, what was particularly interesting this year, was the presentation by the Standards & Teaching Agency of the draft Performance Descriptors for Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessment. I know that all my colleagues found the information really useful, especially as it was coming directly from the STA.
As you are no doubt are aware these have recently been published and are open for consultation until 18th December 2014. These will eventually become the new indicators by which performance will be measured for Y2 and Y6.
So what does this mean in practical terms for us in school? Well, I will be spending the rest of the academic year reviewing our whole school assessment policy.
I know the Performance Descriptors are still in consultation, but we will start with using our next INSET day (January 2015) to read them in more detail and take the opportunity to review them against our curriculum, particularly for Y2 and Y6. We will also discuss different options available to describe performance. Finally, and to be honest, most importantly, we will begin to review our assessment culture, assessment principles and what is actually happening in the classroom (our procedures). Our initial focus will be the quality of the marking in children’s books, including evidence of peer and self assessment. Continue reading →
As well as stressing the importance of ongoing formative and summative teacher assessment, the DfE Reforming assessment and accountability for primary schools document also provides details of the statutory National Curriculum teacher assessments that will take place from summer 2016.
Key Stage 1
The subjects for which there will be statutory teachers assessment at Key Stage 1 are shown in the table below.
|Reading||TA informed by test scores|
|Writing||TA informed by test score for GPS|
|Speaking and listening|
|Grammar, punctuation and spelling|
|Mathematics||TA informed by test scores|
This is similar to current requirements but with the addition of teacher assessment of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Instead of a National Curriculum level, teachers will report teacher assessment results by deciding which new performance descriptor each pupil best meets.