• Inquiry follows primary assessment 'chaos'

    MPs have launched an inquiry into primary assessment to investigate the impact of recent reforms on teaching and learning. The education committee inquiry will consider the consequences of a year in which the government was forced to scrap baseline tests for infants and was embarrassed by a security breach that led to the cancellation of

    0.01 Sep. 23rd, 2016 | News

  • Government u-turn on early years foundation stage profile after baseline scrapped

    The early years foundation stage profile, due to be scrapped as a mandatory assessment measure, will remain statutory for the next academic year, it has emerged today. An email from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) sent to school staff today, weeks after they have broken up for the summer holidays, tells leaders that “having looked carefully”

    14.22 Aug. 11th, 2016 | News

  • Baseline assessments are an impossible idea

    From next year, an approved reception baseline assessment will be the only accepted way of measuring how well a primary school’s pupils have progressed to Year 6. Thousands of heads, however, are declining to participate Over the years I have learned, on arrival at a wedding reception, to reconnoitre the best escape route (“My dear,

    9.00 Oct. 17th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Like it or not: Reception assessments are looming

    There are valid reasons for concerns about reception baseline assessment. But don’t be intimidated: it’s a chance to pick a good option that works for your school Primary schools in England are about to be presented with a choice of commercial schemes to act as a baseline for the new primary accountability policy. As I

    7.30 Feb. 1st, 2015 | Opinion