Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for reforming primary education: effective teaching practices, assessment and accountability

Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


Following the recent release of Government data on Key Stage 2 performance which revealed that 53% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, this timely seminar will assess reforms to primary education focusing on teaching, assessment and accountability at primary level.

Delegates will also discuss the recent recommendations of the Teaching Schools Council’s review into effective primary teaching practice led by Dame Reena Keeble - as well as what can be learnt from the implementation so far of the new primary curriculum, including the pressures on staff from delivering the new more rigorous study programmes.

Delegates will also consider assessment at primary level including implementation relating to the removal of National Curriculum Levels, issues for improving assessment at Key Stages 1 and 2, and addressing comparability issues. Assessment structures for SEND pupils are also expected to be discussed in light of the recent publication of the final report of the Rochford Review into the statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests.

Further areas for discussion include reforms to accountability measures at primary level ahead of the launch of a consultation later in 2017, on the impact so far of reforms to primary assessment on primary accountability. There will also be discussion on issues for schools in meeting the new tougher performance measures and - following the Government’s decision to not use the reception baseline tests - next steps for monitoring pupil progress between reception and primary school.

Guest of Honour

Dame Reena Keeble

Chair, Review of Effective Primary Teaching Practice, Teaching Schools Council

Guest of Honour

Dame Reena Keeble

Chair, Review of Effective Primary Teaching Practice, Teaching Schools Council

Keynote Speaker

Paul Harris

Member, The Rochford Review and Executive Headteacher, Curwen Primary School, London and Kensington Primary School, London


Baroness Perry of Southwark

Mark Parrett

Audit Manager, Education Value for Money, National Audit Office


Senior speaker confirmed from the

Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University

Sarah Hannafin

Policy Advisor and Member, Independent Assessment Review Group, NAHT

Maxine Evans

Chief Executive, NET Academies Trust

Sarah Maughan

Director of Research, AlphaPlus Consultancy

Julie McCulloch

Primary and Governance Specialist, ASCL

Nancy Stewart

Vice Chair, TACTYC: Association for Professional Development in Early Years

Simon Flint

Headteacher, Newlands Community Primary School, Leicestershire

Amanda Nuttall

Senior Lecturer and Programme Coordinator, Primary Later Years Undergraduate Provision, Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University

Professor Ken Jones

Senior Policy Officer, Curriculum and Assessment, NUT