The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan has recorded a Twitter video in which she hits back at criticism of the controversial new primary assessment regime.
— DfE (@educationgovuk) February 22, 2016
In the three-minute video, she says: “Yes, we’ve reformed the primary accountability system and, no, we’re not downplaying the scale of that change.” But she adds that “some claims being made by the media and unions” are wrong.
The video comes after Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, criticised the number of tick boxes in the government’s guidance on how to assess writing.
There has also been criticism from the NAHT headteachers’ union, which called for a “dramatic change” in the government’s plans and warned that it would “act to protect pupils and schools”, if this was not done. The NUT teaching union has also called for Sats to be suspended after claiming the system had “come apart at the seams”…
In response to the NAHT ultimatum, education minister Nick Gibb last week relaxed the deadlines for the submission of teacher assessments, a move that would give Year 6 teachers an extra six weeks.
But the NAHT had also called for the floor standards to be suspended for one year.
And in today’s video, Ms Morgan makes it clear that the floor standards will remain in place. She said: “In December, a new floor standard and new attainment and progress measures will be published in the performance tables. We have already said that schools will be above the floor standard if 65 per cent of more of their pupils meet the expected standard in all of reading, writing and maths or if the school’s progress scores are sufficient.”
Your thoughts on Nicky Morgan’s video response and the points she makes?
Specifically, what do you think of her confirmation that the floor standards will remain?
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