In the spring of 2016 a consensus emerged within the profession, and beyond, that a fundamental review of statutory assessment was needed. The independent Assessment Review Group was established in May 2016 to consider the current system and to try to identify an alternative, better vision for the future. The group comprised a number of people with different educational backgrounds and a diverse range of opinions. This was key, as the group firmly believed plurality of ideas to be of paramount importance when it came to the effective analysis of assessment.
This report is the culmination of the discussions that took place within the group over a series of meetings. The report sets out a series of principles that should underpin any future assessment system. It is hoped that the report will act as a conversation starter, and a tool to provoke further thought and discussion in the lead up to consultation.