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Assessment of pupils working below the standard of the tests (workshop two)

Workshop leader

Andrew Hackett has been an assessment policy adviser for 2 years, and worked at the Department of Education for 4 years. He is also Chair of Governors for a primary school in London.

Seminar/workshop details

 The Government is reforming statutory assessment for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests, having consulted on recommendations made by the Rochford Review. Its response to that consultation announced the removal of P scales and the introduction of new assessments in line with wider reforms and changes to the pupil population.

For pupils engaged in subject-specific learning, pre-key stage standards proposed by the Review are undergoing a review process with teachers and experts before their introduction from the 2018/19 academic year.

For pupils not yet engaged in subject-specific learning, a pilot of the Review’s recommended approach to assess against the 7 aspects of engagement for cognition and learning will be run in the 2017/18 academic year, before taking any final decisions on whether to implement this approach on a statutory basis.

This seminar will provide the policy background for these reforms and set out the government’s next steps.      

Target audience

School type/phase: Primary phase, especially with pupils with SEND

Sector: Schools

Role: School leaders, teachers, SENCOs, assessment leads