Nicky Morgan records video hitting back at critics of new primary assessments

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.

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.”

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  1. wasateacher

    In other words, she is happy to continue to experiment.  Presumably, someone somewhere has suggested that by doing this she will be able to claim that standards have risen, rather than that education is better.  As long as high stakes testing is used as a political tool to beat schools and teachers with, the system will be open to abuse by a few.  If that is combined with performance related pay, the pressure to ‘massage’ results will be higher and there will be a minority who succumb – thus making progress results unreliable.

    It is a pity because progress scores and diagnostic tests can be of enormous use to classroom teachers.  There is nothing in what Nicky Morgan says that indicates that this is about supporting teachers to educate and everything about judging schools and teachers.

  2. Nairb1

    And when the government imposes academy status on all schools high stakes testing will enable payment by results more easily enforceable making the whole education system more attractive to the big businesses waiting in the wings. Businesses love a simplistic system especially if the press make it sound like they’re being tough on standards. It’s relatively cheap for a start, which is always attractive.

  3. northernteacher

    It’s a frightening thought that this government still has a long time left in its current term of office and realistically could have another term after this.  What will be left of our education system by the end of that time?

  4. MikesuziNZ

    SchoolsImprove get her to write the tests in the time limit! This is a 3 year curriculum and these children have had 1 year to prepare!

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