Guidance: Primary school accountability

7 September 2022

The Department for Education has published the ‘Primary school accountability in 2022: technical guide’, which replaces the existing documents. The newly published guidance includes further information about Key Stage 2…

Key stage 1 SATs will be scrapped, STA confirms

4 September 2022

At the end of July 2022, school leaders were informed, via email, that the end of KS1 assessments would no longer be compulsory from the 2023/24 academic year. The STA…

KS2 SATs headline data

6 July 2022

The Department for Education published the latest headline statistics on attainment in the KS2 national curriculum assessments. Headline facts and figures 74% of pupils met the expected standard in reading,…

Independent Commission on Assessment in Primary Education (ICAPE) launched

14 May 2022

The evidence behind Sats and other primary assessments used in schools comes under the spotlight as a major new review launches. The Independent Commission on Assessment in Primary Education (ICAPE)…

Key stage 2 tests: special consideration guidance

6 May 2022

Special consideration is designed to allow schools to highlight where pupils’ key stage 2 (KS2) test results may be affected by traumatic circumstances at the time of the tests. It…

Assuming – the enemy of the effective classroom

23 April 2022

Blake Harvard explores how assumptions, from both teachers and pupils, can harm learning. He shares a few areas, both from the pupil and teacher’s point of view, where assumption negatively…

Why longer waits times might transform learning

20 April 2022

When teaching, every second counts. But what if having a few extra seconds of silence meant that your pupils were more engaged and participated more often? Well, that is exactly…

Top tips for collecting meaningful formative data

5 November 2021

"There have been so many changes to assessment and data collection in primary schools over recent years, and it feels hard to keep up. A multitude of assessment information —…

KS1 and KS2 assessment changes: the key details

25 October 2021

Headteacher Michael Tidd looks in depth at the new Assessment and Reporting Arrangements documents for KS1 and KS2. Starting with the phonics checks happening in Year 2 next half-term, the…

Ensuring you keep retrieval practice low stakes in the classroom

10 October 2021

A recent research study explored both beneficial and detrimental effects of testing as a learning strategy, wanting to answer the following question: is retrieval practice a double-edged sword? Here’s why it…

Phonics screening check for Y2 – autumn term 2021

23 June 2021

The phonic screening check will need to be administered to Year 2 pupils in the second half of the autumn term 2021. Cancellation of the phonics screening check in June…

IDSR updated with 2020 contextual information

2 February 2021

Ofsted has re-developed the Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) following the introduction of the education inspection framework in 2019. The IDSR contains fewer charts and is reduced in size. Due…