Westminster Education Forum

Reforming primary assessment in England and implications for school accountability

Morning, Thursday, 7th December 2017

Central London


This timely seminar will consider next steps for reform to primary assessment and the implications for accountability.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the Government’s response to its consultation on the future of assessment in primary schools - including plans to reintroduce a ‘teacher-mediated’ baseline test for children in reception to measure progress throughout primary school, multiplication tables checks at Year 4 and to abandon Key Stage 1 SATs from 2023. Delegates at this seminar will also have the opportunity to consider Government plans to no longer require the collection of teacher assessment data of English and Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

As Government also moves forward with the majority of recommendations made in the Rochford Review, including the removal of ‘P-levels’ for subject-specific learning, delegates will be able to discuss best ways to assess pupils working below the expected standard and the fairness of the assessment process to SEND pupils.

Further sessions will consider the recommendations of the Education Select Committee inquiry on primary assessment and the link between assessment and accountability - including their call for Government to lower the stakes of assessment at primary level following concerns surrounding the negative impact of the high-stakes use of data on teaching and learning.

Guests of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Lee Owston HMI

Specialist Advisor, Early Education, Ofsted

Guests of Honour

Lee Owston HMI

Specialist Advisor, Early Education, Ofsted

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Keynote Speaker

A Committee specialist confirmed from the Education Select Committee


Lord Tope

Baroness Perry of Southwark


Michael Surr

Education Development Officer, nasen and Editor, nasen Connect

Richard Selfridge

Blogger, Jack Marwood's Icing on the Cake - An education blog

Lynn Knapp

Headteacher, Windmill Primary School, Oxford

Greg Watson

Chief Executive, GL Assessment

Nancy Stewart

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

Amanda Lowe

Achievement Advisor, Norfolk County Council

Sarah Hannafin

Senior Policy Advisor, NAHT

Silvana Richardson

Head of Programme Quality, The Bell Foundation

Daisy Christodoulou

Director of Education, No More Marking