In March, the Department for Education launched a public consultation exercise about the future of the primary assessment system in England. Details are included in a statement made to Parliament on 30 March by Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening.
The consultation sets out wide-ranging proposals for improving the primary assessment system. These include consideration of the best starting point from which to measure pupils' progress, how to ensure the assessment system is proportionate, and how to improve end of key stage assessments.
A parallel consultation, launched at the same time asks for views on the recommendations of the independent Rochford Review. The recommendations focus on the future of statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests at the end of key stages 1 and 2.
You have until 5.00pm on Thursday 22 June to respond to the consultations. All those with an interest in primary education are encouraged to share their opinions and insights.
The National Governance Association will be putting together a detailed response to the consultation. The House of Commons Education Select Committee recently conducted an inquiry into primary assessment: read the report from that inquiry and NGA’s written evidence which was submitted in October 2016.