NAHT has been meeting regularly with the DfE and STA about the forthcoming assessment consultation on primary assessment and the Rochford review recommendations. It was expected that this would be published by February half term. Unfortunately, we have been informed that this date has now been pushed back and the DfE is planning to publish as soon as possible after half term. We will ensure our members are made aware of its publication. NAHT is developing a survey about the consultation to gain the views of members on its proposals to inform our response.
We are continuing to engage with government and the STA on assessment. The assessment campaign page is also updated with relevant news each week and our website is updated with quarterly campaign reports, which summarise the activity on all of our campaigns. You can find the curriculum and assessment campaign report for September to November here. The reports for December to February will be published on our website after national executive in March. Below is a brief summary of some of the recent campaign activity:
- The assessment review group continued to meet to develop principles and a model for primary assessment. The research was also conducted to support the work of the group. The Assessment Review Group report was completed and published in January. It was launched at Westminster forum event with a speech and social media activity
- Joint union meetings on primary assessment with the DfE and STA continue and have now been focussing on the consultation
- A letter was sent to the Secretary of State regarding the Rochford review and continued delay in publication. The review has now been published
- Following the assessment announcement from the Secretary of State, a summary table was 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
- STA webinars for KS1 and KS2 assessment have been signposted to members
- LMKCo is conducting an assessment project commissioned by Pearson and keen to engage our members. They will attend secondary council to run a 45-minute workshop to gain their views and will also attend a regional primary event
- Phonics screening resit in year three has been scrapped in light of an evaluation of the pilot. NAHT has summarised this report
- NAHT attended to observe the STA national moderator training for KS2 writing
- STA Policy Adviser from the DfE will be attending our Special schools, specialist and alternative provision conference, to gain a greater understanding member views on the Rochford recommendations.
The next few weeks are bound to be busy as a result of the forthcoming consultation so please make sure to keep an eye out for our communications via our weekly newsletter, websites and Twitter channel for further updates.
First published 13 February 2017