Today (Thu 3 Dec), the Department for Education has announced revised plans for exams, tests and school accountability for the remainder of this academic year.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “In September we were faced with secondary exams proceeding unaltered, all primary assessments going ahead as normal, full publication of performance data, and a return to inspection in January.
“This announcement brings with it some much needed relief to school leaders who have been operating in ‘emergency mode’ for most of this year. The reduction of some of the burdens in the system will begin to allow school leaders to focus on the quality of education they are determined to provide for pupils.
“Whilst the government has not gone as far as we would have liked, they have moved significantly towards the profession. We will continue to work with them on the areas where we still have concerns.”
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