Primary assessment

The DfE is consulting on the future of primary assessment and accountability. Have your say by 22 June 2017. 

DfE consultations

You can read the proposals in full and then respond to the consultation on the government website.

DfE consultations

You can read the proposals in full and then respond to the consultation on the government website.

SATs

ATL believes that it's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on primary assessment as a whole.

SATs

ATL believes that it's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on primary assessment as a whole.

ATL statement on primary assessment proposals

"We have long campaigned for an end to national testing for all primary school children and we are pleased that the Government appears, finally, to be listening."

ATL statement on primary assessment proposals

"We have long campaigned for an end to national testing for all primary school children and we are pleased that the Government appears, finally, to be listening."

More than a score

As MPS say primary education is being skewed by SATS in Year 6, the government has no plans to get rid of them, and wants tests on four year olds with no evidence they work. Let’s hear it from the experts, including ATL's Anne Heavey..

(Via More than a score website)

Baseline assessment

The use of the baseline for accountability progress measure was abandoned when it emerged that the three chosen schemes were not sufficiently comparable.

Baseline assessment was part of a new primary school accountability system that sought to establish "value added" from age 4 to 11.

ATL strongly advise our members not to undertake reception baseline assessment using these commercial assessment products. We believe that Primary schools already have effective on entry assessments that support the teaching and learning of these young children. 

ATL and NUT jointly commissioned research into the implementation of the baseline assessment in September 2015. This research was undertaken by Dr Alice Bradbury and Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes of the Institute of Education, UCL.

You can find out more about Baseline Assessment on the Better Without Baseline website and read more about the research in our press release

Blogs on Assessment

The awkward truth about primary progress measures

Anne Heavey explains why the new progress measures aren't fairer for children and don’t add up for schools.

How were the standards set for this year's KS1 SATs?

Anne Heavey demystifies the Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA) process.
Primary school girl leaning on books bored

We need to broaden the debate around primary assessment

Yesterday, the government finally published its long-awaited consultation on primary assessment. There is a lot in there and I fully recommend everyone with an interest in the topic reads the document in its entirety and responds.