NAHT has not supported the development, or use of, optional DfE tests in year seven which would have no benefit for pupils or schools.
On Monday 5 November 2018 the report Making Data Work: Teacher workload advisory group report was published along with the government's response to that report which contains a statement that the government will "not proceed with the introduction of optional resits in year 7 for those students who did not reach the expected standard in English reading and mathematics."
The department does not believe that the benefits of providing resit papers for year seven pupils who do not meet the expected standard in English reading and maths at the end of key stage two would sufficiently outweigh the potential workload implications for year seven teachers.
NAHT is very pleased that the government has listened to reason and halted the development and introduction of these tests.
First published 08 November 2018