Primary assessment

National test for seven-year-olds could be scrapped following fierce opposition from ATL members

ATL statement on primary assessment proposals

"We have long campaigned for an end to national testing for all primary school children and we are pleased that the Government appears, finally, to be listening."

ATL statement on primary assessment proposals

"We have long campaigned for an end to national testing for all primary school children and we are pleased that the Government appears, finally, to be listening."

KS1 & KS2 SATs

A litany of errors around the implementation of the KS1 and KS2 SATs in 2016 has done nothing to salve the profession's longstanding concerns over the failed baseline policy. ATL believes that it's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on primary assessment as a whole.

KS1 & KS2 SATs

A litany of errors around the implementation of the KS1 and KS2 SATs in 2016 has done nothing to salve the profession's longstanding concerns over the failed baseline policy. ATL believes that it's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on primary assessment as a whole.

Answer the proposals

You can read the proposals in full and then respond to the consultation on the government website.

Answer the proposals

You can read the proposals in full and then respond to the consultation on the government website.

More than a score

As MPS say primary education is being skewed by SATS in Year 6, the government has no plans to get rid of them, and wants tests on four year olds with no evidence they work. Let’s hear it from the experts, including ATL's Anne Heavey..

(Via More than a score website)

Baseline assessment

The use of the baseline for accountability progress measure was abandoned when it emerged that the three chosen schemes were not sufficiently comparable.

Baseline assessment was part of a new primary school accountability system that sought to establish "value added" from age 4 to 11.

ATL strongly advise our members not to undertake reception baseline assessment using these commercial assessment products. We believe that Primary schools already have effective on entry assessments that support the teaching and learning of these young children. 

ATL and NUT jointly commissioned research into the implementation of the baseline assessment in September 2015. This research was undertaken by Dr Alice Bradbury and Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes of the Institute of Education, UCL.

You can find out more about Baseline Assessment on the Better Without Baseline website and read more about the research in our press release

Blogs on Assessment

Primary school girl leaning on books bored

We need to broaden the debate around primary assessment

Yesterday, the government finally published its long-awaited consultation on primary assessment. There is a lot in there and I fully recommend everyone with an interest in the topic reads the document in its entirety and responds.

You've been speaking out on baseline. The NEU would make your voice stronger

In the next few weeks we expect the Government to publish the consultation on assessment in primary schools that Justine Greening promised back in October.
Broken pencil and test sheet

PISA – what’s the point?

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds. But are the results meaningful?