DfE seeks to reassure teachers with ‘clarification’ of controversial new primary assessments

The TES is reporting that the government has sought to reassure teachers about new primary assessment arrangements with a clarification document, the key points of which it has summarised.

Here are the main points:

  • Writing redrafted by a pupil is acceptable for assessment as independent work. Redrafted work may be in response to self or peer evaluation, or after discussion with a teacher.
  • But work which has been copied or where the teacher has directed to change specific words or punctuation would not be judged independent.
  • Writing where pupils have independently used classroom resources such as dictionaries or websites is also acceptable.
  • The evidence required to support teacher assessment judgements must show that a pupil demonstrates attainment of all of the ‘pupil can’ statements within the standard they have been awarded. But there is no need to produce specific evidence to show they have met lower standards.
  • There is no requirement to provide tick sheets for a moderation visit.

…The clarification document states: “In the new system the threshold of the expected standard is broadly equivalent to the previous level 4b, but pupils working at the expected standard will have a range of attainment…”

More at: DfE seeks to reassure teachers with “clarification” of controversial new primary assessments


Read or download the guidance in full (including the now notorious comments on the use of exclamation marks): 

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Actual real teachers seem to disagree with this. Who should we believe: govt ministers/civil servants or teachers?

  2. samrickaby

    SchoolsImprove nonsense.Writing EXS is more akin to old L5.p2 of this doc re handwriting contradicts the interim TA framework. #shambles

  3. ballater6

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove we can judge children at Age RE a 4b but we know this is nonsense it’s been decreed so what happens now?

  4. jomillerdonny

    SchoolsImprove challenge for my inquisitive 7yo is sit still, hold pencil properly &maintain interest to write sentences. As for !!- pah!

  5. Mktadvice4schls

    SchoolsImprove the ‘redrafting’ bit clearly opens the door to cheating – and given the high stakes nature of these tests bet it will happen

  6. Mktadvice4schls

    SchoolsImprove plus schools will expect staff to give more feedback – pushing workload up. Exactly what happens with KS4 coursework.

  7. JohnBocking

    Mktadvice4schls SchoolsImprove even more likely is different interpretations of unclear guidance rolled out at short notice

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