Last week saw a flurry of reports and announcements from the DfE around assessment. This included its response to the consultation on primary assessment in England and its feedback on the Rochford Review recommendations. If you haven’t had a chance to read the reports in full, here’s a quick summary:


What’s Changing?

  • A new assessment at the start of reception year will arrive in September 2020. This will be a starting point for measuring progress in a way that will ‘give schools credit’ for the advances children make from reception to the end of key stage 1.
  • The EYFS will be improved to align more closely with teaching in key stage 1
  • The statutory status of end-of-key stage 1 assessments will end once the reception baseline is fully established (from Sep 2022)
  • Teachers won’t have to carry out statutory assessments in English reading and mathematics at the end of key stage 2 from Sep 2018
  • An online multiplication tables check will be taken by all pupils at the end of year 4 from Sep 2019 onwards
  • The way that writing is assessed will improve so it’s based on more on teachers’ professional judgement


What Does This Mean For You On A Day-to-Day Basis?

The DfE clearly expresses its aim to reduce the ‘burdens’ on schools and teachers by introducing these changes. Removing those statutory assessments may indeed save everyone some time.

It’s essential to note that the DfE sees ongoing formative assessment as an entirely separate and very important thing, though. The report is clear that the end of compulsory KS2 assessments in English reading and maths does not ‘undermine the fundamental importance’ of classroom assessment:

‘Formative teacher assessment informs teaching and has a crucial role in supporting pupils to progress and achieve their full potential.’

So in terms of your every-day classroom activities, you still need to have a robust framework in place for making and tracking formative assessments. Schools that use online systems like Classroom Monitor often find that teachers are able to record and manage their assessments faster than those that use paper systems. So there are time-saving tips to consider there.

Of course, Classroom Monitor will keep up to date with any changes to the teacher assessment frameworks. We’ll have further information on this for our users shortly.


SEND Pupils – Any News On Replacing P Scales?

In its response to the Rochford Review recommendations, the DfE confirmed that using P Scales to assess pupils engaged in subject-specific learning will be made non-statutory this academic year.

It also announced that the interim pre-key stage standards will be made permanent and extended to cover all pupils engaged in subject-specific learning (effective from Sep 2018).

If you’re looking for a more detailed way to assess SEN pupils on a regular basis, it’s possible to use the A2E frameworks in Classroom Monitor. Read more about A2E and the small-step progress tracking it offers.

We hope this has given you a good overview of the recent announcements! To read the reports in full, see the Primary assessment consultation response and the Rochford Review recommendations response.



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