We are acutely aware of the unique pressures faced by our members working in junior schools when it comes to accountability measures.
Our assessment review group's report, published earlier this year, highlighted how junior and middle schools have “long been poorly served by the statutory accountability system.” We reflected this in our response to the consultation on primary assessment, which was supported by the results of our survey of members.
We have also been supporting the work of Junior School Collaboration (JUSCO) – a recently established group of junior school leaders. Along with JUSCO, we recently met with officials to discuss how junior schools may fit into the government’s proposed new approach to primary assessment and related accountability measures.
We want to hear from as many junior school leaders as possible to inform future discussions with government on this issue. To help gather these views, JUSCO has created a short online survey on the next steps forward for junior school accountability.
The government is currently listening when it comes to junior school accountability, so do make sure you have your say before the survey closes on Thursday 30 November 2017.