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Primary assessment policy – where are we now and what next?

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This workshop will provide an update on the government’s policy approach to primary assessment including areas such as:

  • Progress on the new proposals for primary assessment announced last September including the reception baseline assessment and the new multiplication check.
  • Options for the future statutory assessment of writing including consideration of comparative judgement.


Workshop Outcomes

Delegates will be clear about the changes to primary assessment announced in response to the government’s consultation and inform NAHT policy discussions regarding the future of statutory writing assessment.

Who should attend

Head teachers/principals, deputy and assistant heads and principals and middle leaders.

Workshop Leader Profiles

Nick Brook has been Deputy General Secretary of NAHT since September 2016. Prior to this, he ran his own successful education consultancy. Having started his career as a primary teacher Nick has over twenty years’ experience of public sector delivery in central government, local government and schools. For ten years, as a Senior Civil Servant, he shaped policy and transformed delivery in some of the most high profile, high priority areas in Government, including the including at the DfE and Ofsted. Nick leads NAHT’s policy and research, press and communications teams.

Sarah Hannafin is Policy Advisor at NAHT, and is the organisation’s policy lead on curriculum, assessment and pupil wellbeing issues.  Following two years as a teaching assistant, Sarah completed her PGCE in religious studies and spent the first five years of her career working in schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon (as a teacher and then as a head of department). After relocating to the south coast for a further head of department role, she was promoted to assistant head teacher in 2008. Her seven years as a senior leader, including two as deputy head, enabled her to focus on her key interests, including pastoral support, safeguarding and teaching and learning. Sarah left her career in teaching to join NAHT in 2015.