Justine Greening has just announced a series of changes to primary assessment in a statement to Parliament.
Here is what we know…
1. The government will not impose maths and reading resits on children’s arrival in year 7
The government has said it will instead focus on the steps needed to ensure a child “catches up on lost ground”. Re-sit papers will be available for teachers to use it if they wish.
2. The key stage 1 spelling, punctuation and grammar test will remain non-statutory this year
This was made non-statutory in the last academic year after the paper was leaked online. This continues the policy of allowing teachers to choose if they will use or not for one more year.
3. There will be no more new tests or national assessments before 2018
This is said to be for the purpose of bringing “greater stability”
4. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will remain in place for 2017/18
Schools Week already reported that this was put in place for 2016.
5. There will be a consultation on primary assessment in the new year
It will also look at the implications for accountability.
6. The Rochford Review report will be published today
It is much delayed, after originally being due to publish in December 2015.