For Schools Blog

Schools, and headteachers in particular, spend a lot of time writing school development plans (SDP). Therefore the question that needs to be asked is, “Does the time spent writing represent good value?”. Answers are likely to vary. Some schools will say the SDP is the key driver of improvement, leads to fundamental change and that …

On 1 September the DFE published individual school’s Value Added scores through the checking website and announced the higher standard threshold. Higher Standard threshold in Reading and Maths The scaled score of 110 or more will be the threshold for pupils performance being viewed as being to a higher standard than expected. Expect this to …

Key Stage 2 test results published The raw scores, scaled scores and mark scripts have been made available on the NCA tools website today. Also available is a full summary of individual pupil’s results from the SATs and teacher assessments (TA). Although the NCA tools site publishes each pupils scaled score, the DfE have provided …

Educational Excellence Everywhere – The Education White Paper 2016: A Summary

Three key threads run through the White Paper, the over-arching theme of which is an increasingly school-led system. The first thread is the concept of competition whereby the most successful MATs get bigger and the less successful are taken over. The second is an ever-increasing level of autonomy delegated to schools, including the accreditation of …

Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive, has stated that the STA were made aware on 20 April that the actual KS1 spelling test had been published on-line in January as part of the guidance provided for the test. The document has now been removed. The STA believe this was as a result of human error by a member of staff …

In 2016 Pupils in Y2 will no longer be assessed using National Curriculum levels instead reading, writing and maths will be Teacher Assessed across 4 categories – working towards the expected standard, at the expected standard, at greater depth within the expected standard and those that do not meet the ‘working towards’ standard. These Teacher …

Those pupils taking the KS2 tests in May 2016 are the first to be assessed against the new national curriculum.  The test outcomes and the Teacher Assessments will no longer be reported using levels and APS. Progress will no longer be evaluated by the proportion making expected and more than expected progress. Attainment – Writing …

Reception baseline assessment will not be used as a starting point to measure pupil progress. On 7th April 2016, following the results of a comparative study, the DfE announced that the 3 different assessment approaches tested on entry to reception were not sufficiently comparable to create a fair starting point from which to measure pupils’ progress …