ATL has been working hard to secure commitments from the secretary of state, Justine Greening, not to use last year's KS2 data to determine schools' futures and to ensure that the debacle of implementing last year's tests is not repeated this year.
ATL believes that it's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on primary assessment as a whole.
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.
I think we can say that assessment in primary schools is broken. Many words have been written - including by ATL - about what’s gone wrong this year. The question remains, what do we want instead?
ATL advised members to not to use any of the new baseline assessment systems introduced in September 2016 and to instead use their pre-existing entry arrangements.
Last week, education secretary Nicky Morgan appeared before the Education Select Committee to defend some of the controversial proposals in the white paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere.
Last Monday ATL welcomed School’s Minister Nick Gibb to our annual conference. He agreed to take part in a question and answer session with Gerard Kelly.
From September 2015 national curriculum levels will no longer be used for statutory assessment. This policy change has given schools the opportunity to develop their own approaches which simplify assessment and focus on teaching and learning.
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.
I hope all the teachers reading this column had a relaxing half term, busy doing nothing, and certainly not ticking pupil progress data boxes.