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…

Changes to assessment of EYFSP in 2021

15 January 2021

The Department for Education has updated the guidance relating to the 2021 assessment of the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP), stating that it will not be mandatory but providers will be required to…

Using comparative judgement

1 December 2020

The blog on the No More Marking website provides some fascinating insights into the world of comparative judgement. Comparative judgement is a process where judges compare two responses and decide which is better.  Following…

Monitoring and moderation agreements for academies

10 November 2020

In preparation for statutory testing in primary schools in 2021, academies must make a written agreement with their chosen local authority (LA) for:  monitoring the 2021 phonics screening check and KS2 testsexternal…

Primary school accountability

19 October 2020

The DfE has made it very clear that the department will not hold schools and colleges to account on the basis of exams and assessment data from summer 2020 and that data…