I’ve been pondering T-levels, the new “technical” equivalent to A-level that colleges will begin delivering in September 2019, and I’ve concluded that I have no idea why we need them.
Anne Heavey demystifies the Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA) process.
Primary assessments and the way they are used to hold schools to account are critically flawed and our children deserve better, says Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).
Yesterday, the government finally published its long-awaited consultation on primary assessment. There is a lot in there and I fully recommend everyone with an interest in the topic reads the document in its entirety and responds.
Commenting on the Government’s proposals for primary assessments, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “ATL welcomes today’s proposals that could see the end of national tests for seven-year-olds.
THAT Conference notes its decision in 2015 that the Government should repeal the forced retaking of maths and English GCSEs at 16+ for students who have not achieved a C grade.
Further, Conference asks the Executive Committee to:
THAT Conference is concerned that yet again changes have been made to assessment arrangements that have not been thought through or had time to progress through the education system.
THAT Conference is very concerned at the increasing pressure that comes from national tests in primary schools. Children are suffering stress and a narrowing of the curriculum while teachers are being judged on test results, not on the quality of teaching.
- Essex, Southend & Thurrock
THAT Conference believes that the KS2 primary assessment for 2016 was not fit for purpose, being:
(a) inappropriate as a summative assessment of learning
(b) ineffective as a general measure of aptitude
(c) ill-designed for evaluating quality of teaching
In the next few weeks we expect the Government to publish the consultation on assessment in primary schools that Justine Greening promised back in October.