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Curriculum and assessment campaign report - September to November 2016

Policy

Overall campaign goals
  • Ensure schools are equipped to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and challenge Government policy that narrows curriculum
  • Ensure that the range of qualifications available is sufficiently wide to meet the needs of all pupils
  • Ensure assessment model(s) for pupils with SEND measures progress effectively
  • Achieve short-term interim 'wins' to improve assessment practice
  • Develop an alternative vision and approach to assessment from Reception to KS3
  • Secure Government support for our alternative vision and implement it
  • Increase the number of good quality examiners for externally assessed examinations
  • Develop capacity of staff in all schools to ensure effectiveness of assessment practice.
Curriculum and qualification framework and broad and balanced curriculum
  • Attended meeting to discuss post 16 skills strategy where DfE gave a presentation to outline the plans
  • Introductory meeting with Sally Collier and some of her team at Ofqual with key areas for discussion being: accreditation/awarding of reformed qualifications, EAR's, Ofqual's role in terms of primary statutory assessments and the National Reference Test
  • Ofqual published decisions following consultation on awarding of grades 8 and 9 and on approach to awarding of new GCSEs; press release issued as some positives for NAHT and signposting to members
  • Attended 14-19 Alliance meetings where discussion focussed around 16-19 Skills plan and future of 14-19
  • We have signposted members to information about the National Reference Test and also shared information and letters from Ofqual with the advice team
  • Work is developing on RE and the parental right to withdraw including a meeting with Rudi Elliott-Lochart, CEO of the RE Council who are keen to work with us. We have also met with the Chair of NATRE, Daniel Hugill. A briefing paper on the parental right   to withdraw pupils from religious education as well as collation of relevant research has also been undertaken
  • NAHT policy position statement on a broad and balanced curriculum for England and Northern Ireland has been shared with members
  • Signposted Ofqual survey to members to help inform their decisions around the review of internally marked components of GCSE and A levels, the impact of changes to their requirements around exam board training for teachers, and the effect of uncoupling AS and A levels on student motivation
  • CEC benchmarking tool supported by NAHT. Letter to all secondary schools from CEC about the tool references NAHT support, as did press around launch. This has also been signposted to members
  • #iwill campaign – meeting to discuss specific primary strategy to engage younger pupils in social action and also signposting #iwill week to members
  • Ofqual letter asking schools to help communicate GCSE grading change to students, parents and teachers signposted to members
  • Advice piece written for Teach Secondary magazine, about 'the best way to communicate the new 9 to 1 system to students, staff and to parents
  • Attended teacher and professional association meetings with Ofqual, JCQ, AQA and Pearson.                
Stable, coherent, valid and proportionate approach to assessment
  • Produced summary and analysis of GCSE and A level entries and provisional GCSE and equivalent results 2015-16
  • Produced summary and analysis of KS2 results
  • Produced updated presentation explaining Progress 8 and Attainment 8
  • The Assessment Review Group continues to meet to develop principles and a model for primary assessment. Research proposals have also been developed to support the work of the group
  • Contributed to Ofqual's review of their role in national assessments
  • Joint unions meetings on primary assessment with the DfE continue and are now focussing on the consultation for the new year
  • A letter was sent to the Secretary of State regarding the Rochford review and continued delay over publication. This has now been published
  • An assessment campaign PP has been created for the representation team
  • Assessment announcement from the Secretary of State – summary table developed and shared with members along with specific emails for primary, secondary and special school members
  • Significant moves were made in negotiations regarding changes to writing moderation guidance. NAHT saw and commented on drafts which were then presented to other unions. The changes clearly reflect the recommendations made in our letter to the STA. STA published guidance for 2017 moderation of writing and a detailed summary was communicated to members
  • Indicative ballot and accompanying emails developed and sent out to members
  • STA webinars for KS1 and 2 assessment signposted to members
  • Attended to observe STA training for LA moderation.
Assessment capacity within the system
  • Internal engagement to discuss CPD on assessment provided by NAHT
  • We continue to work with the Examiner Capacity and Culture group and have now developed JCQ centre recognition award questions for schools.

Consultation responses

  • Submission of NAHT response to education select committee inquiry on primary assessment. We were also invited to give oral evidence to the Committee.

Press releases

  • Assessment chaos must stop, says NAHT (1 Sept)
  • New approach to awarding top GSCE grades welcome, says NAHT (7 Sept)
  • Problems with assessment still remain and should not be swept under the carpet, say school leaders (12 Sept)
  • SATS chaos must end and grammar school expansion plans should be shelved, say school leaders (20 Sept)
  • Ebacc aims cannot be met without investment in language teachers (13 Oct)
  • NAHT comment on government changes to assessment  (19 Oct)
  • Rochford report publication welcome, says NAHT (20 Oct)
  • Primary assessment moderation changes a step in the right direction, says NAHT (31 Oct)
  • Government needs to focus on quality in apprenticeships, not quantity, says NAHT (11 Nov)
  • All children must receive lessons in PSHE and religious education, says NAHT (16 Nov)
  • Technical education must look at provision in schools, says NAHT (14 Nov)
  • To boost exam grades, we need the right investment at the right time, says NAHT (16 Nov)
  • Investment in music must be matched by changes in accountability, says NAHT (16 Nov). 

Communications 

NAHT's website 

  • Assessment chaos must stop, says NAHT 1 September
  • New approach to awarding top GSCE grades welcome 7 September 
  • Problems with assessment should not be swept under the carpet 12 September 
  • Ofqual announces date of first National Reference Test for 2017 13 September 
  • How the top grades will be awarded in new GCSEs in 2017 and beyond 13 September 
  • New guidance and information for schools from the STA 13 September 
  • Ofqual produces resources to explain reforms to qualifications 13 September 
  • NAHT submits motions to TUC Congress 13 September 
  • NAHT publishes new report on collaboration between schools 15 September 
  • SEND blog: A new term and a new Prime Minister but will we see a new direction? 19 September
  • SATS chaos must end and grammar school plans should be shelved 20 September 
  • Progress 8 explanation video 22 September 
  • Core Maths Support Programme 22 September 
  • The government needs to scrap grammar plans and invest in early years 22 September 
  • Changes to the SEND Tribunal process 22 September
  • Special educational needs (SEN) allowance 27 September
  • Special schools conference 2017 - Creating stability in changing times 29 September
  • KS1 data shows the expected standard was not realistic 29 September 
  • Leading behaviour change 6 October
  • Autumn 2016 – the latest announcements, events and news 7 October
  • The National SEND Forum Conference 2016 10 October
  • National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education 13 October
  • The SENCO as a strategic leader 13 October
  • Progress 8 and Attainment 8 - key 2016 figures released 13 October 
  • Destinations data of KS4 and KS5 pupils in England 13 October 
  • Summary of provisional GCSE and equivalent results in England 2015-16 13 October 
  • EBacc aims cannot be met without investment in language teachers 14 October 
  • NAHT comment on government changes to assessment 19 October 
  • Rochford report publication welcome 20 October
  • Publication of the long-awaited Rochford report 20 October 
  • 2016-17 assessment and reporting arrangements for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 26 October 
  • Primary assessment moderation changes a step in the right direction 31 October 
  • NAHT achieve changes to 2017 external moderation guidance 1 November 
  • Ofqual survey seeks views of secondary teachers 3 November 
  • Ofqual letter explains new GCSE grades 3 November 
  • A new government and a new regime 4 November
  • Ofsted and the SENCO 4 November
  • Primary assessment webinars on Tuesday 15 November 7 November.


NAHT Edge's website 

  • A broad and balanced curriculum 6 September 
  • GCSE results analysis 6 September
  • A/AS level results breakdown 6 September
  • New guidance and information for schools from the STA 13 September
  • Ofqual produce resources to explain qualifications reforms 13 September
  • Primary accountability 2016 13 September
  • Progress 8 explanation video 27 September
  • KS1 data shows the expected standard was not realistic, says NAHT 29 September
  • Summary of provisional GCSE and equivalent results in England 2015-16 14 October
  • Thousands more language teachers needed for EBacc targets 14 October
  • Campaign update: Government announces more changes to assessment 19 October
  • Assessment reform announced19 October
  • Rochford report publication welcome, says NAHT edge 20 October
  • 2016-17 assessment and reporting arrangements for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 26 October
  • Primary assessment moderation changes a step in the right direction 1 November
  • Our view on the primary assessment moderation changes1 November
  • Ofqual survey seeks secondary teachers' views on internal marking 3 November
  • Spread the word about the new GCSE grading system 3 November
  • Primary assessment webinars on Tuesday 15 November 7 November.

Advice 

  • Primary accountability briefing 2016 13 September.
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