Primary Assessment in England – Government Consultation – Guidance

A guiding hand through the consultation document!

On 30th March 2017 Justine Greening launched the long awaited consultation on Primary Assessment in England. This is an opportunity for every school, teacher and parent to have their say about the future of assessment in the primary years.

Since the introduction of the new National Curriculum and the removal of levels in 2014 we have seen endless tweets, blogs, articles and speeches about the unfairness of the new system especially for children with SEND. This is the chance we have all been waiting for.

We have to be realistic, there has to be some accountability measures but this is an opportunity to try and make things better, especially for children with SEND.

Although this is a consultation on primary assessment I would also urge early years and secondary colleagues to put their point of view as the final measures that come from this consultation will impact across all phases.

The consultation documentation and on-line response can be found at: https://consult.education.gov.uk/assessment-policy-and-development/primary-assessment/

The closing date for responses is 22 June 2017.

I have prepared this synopsis of what the consultation document is asking you to comment on and giving you some points to consider.