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A blog from ATL

How should we use technology in assessment and qualifications?

That’s the question Nansi Ellis, National Education Union policy AGS, came away with from last Friday’s Westminster Education Forum on the future of assessment and qualifications.

Is placing young children in ability groups “a necessary evil”?

The National Education Union recently commissioned research to find out how widespread the practice of using ability groups in the early years and key stages in English schools.

The awkward truth about primary progress measures

Anne Heavey explains why the new progress measures aren't fairer for children and don’t add up for schools.

How were the standards set for this year's KS1 SATs?

Anne Heavey demystifies the Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA) process.
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?

A happy New Year for primary assessment?

This time twelve months ago, then Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan decided to mark the New Year by announcing a new primary assessment: the multiplication check.
Little boy being tested

How are the SATs expected standards set?

The key stage 2 test results this year look very different to results in previous years. The curriculum being assessed is different, the tests are different and the reporting of results are different. At ATL we thought you might be interested in understanding how the standard was set for each test.

Disrespectful baseline steals children's creative and imaginative expression

In all the arguments about whether or not reception baseline assessment is accurate or not, what is not discussed is that it is deeply disrespectful to young children and their families and their teachers.