Westminster Education Forum

Reforming primary assessment in England and implications for school accountability

Morning, Thursday, 7th December 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



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


It follows the ongoing government consultation and the recently published Education Select Committee inquiry into the purpose, benefits and drawbacks of testing at primary level since the removal of national curriculum levels.


Timed to follow government’s expected response to the consultation later this year, the conference will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss key priorities for implementation.


Attendees will consider proposals to introduce a baseline test for children in reception to measure progress throughout primary school and improve the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) to develop the most effective way of measuring ‘school readiness’.


Planned sessions also look at proposals to reform testing at Key Stage one and two including the possible ending of statutory status for Key Stage one assessment, the potential implications for school accountability and the collection of teacher assessment data and national curriculum test data at the end of Key Stage two. They will also discuss the greater degree of flexibility in the marking of English writing proposed through the introduction of a ‘best fit’ approach.


Further discussion will focus on the implementation of recommendations made by the Rochford Review, which considered statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests.


Overall, sessions at this seminar will look at:


  • Proposals to re-introduce a reception baseline and lessons learnt from the previous baseline, discontinued in 2016;
  • The future format and role of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and the most effective way of measuring a child’s ‘School-readiness’;
  • Reforms to testing at Key Stage one and Key Stage two - statutory status, accountability implications and improving  the transition to secondary;
  • ‘Best fit’ marking - the opportunities and challenges provided by giving more flexibility for teachers;
  • Workload for teachers and the position of teachers’ professional judgement in the statutory assessment system; and
  • Assessing pupils working below the standards of national curriculum tests - measuring pupil progress for pupils with SEND and impact of the removal of statutory assessment using performance scales.


Guests of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education (subject to Departmental business)

Joanna Hall HMI

Deputy Director for Schools, Ofsted

Guests of Honour

Joanna Hall HMI

Deputy Director for Schools, Ofsted

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education (subject to Departmental business)

Keynote Speaker

A Committee specialist confirmed from the Education Select Committee

Speakers

Lynn Knapp

Headteacher, Windmill Primary School, Oxford

Greg Watson

Chief Executive, GL Assessment

Nancy Stewart

Consultant, TACTYC

Amanda Lowe

Achievement Advisor, Norfolk County Council

Tim Oates

Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment

Sarah Hannafin

Senior Policy Advisor, NAHT