Assessment

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.

SATs are not fit for purpose and are damaging for children’s education

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on today's key stage 2 SATs results.

We can and must do better for our primary children – ATL responds to primary assessment consultations

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL comments on the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ (ATL) response to the Government consultations - Primary Assessment in England and the Rochford Review recommendations.

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.
ATL believes that it's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on primary assessment as a whole. The DfE is consulting on the future of primary assessment and accountability. Have your say by 22 June 2017.

SATs are critically flawed - ATL

Primary assessments and the way they are used to hold schools to account are critically flawed and our children deserve better, says Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

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.

ATL comment on primary assessment proposals

Commenting on the Government’s proposals for primary assessments, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “ATL welcomes today’s proposals that could see the end of national tests for seven-year-olds.