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Primary accountability reforms, assessment beyond levels, and the implications for tracking pupil progress

By James Pembroke / June 16, 2014 / 1 Comment

In March 2014, the DfE published their response to the consultation on primary school assessment and accountability1. Since then, more information has been published on assessment principles and proposed headline performance measures, as well as proprietary tracking systems promoting their developments to tackle assessment without levels. Now that the dust has started to settle (a…

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Key Stage 2 Value Added: Fact and Fiction

By James Pembroke / February 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

Let’s start with the obvious question: what is value added? Well, at its most basic – and at the risk of teaching people to suck eggs here – it is a comparison of pupils’ actual and expected outcomes. The ‘actual’ bit is fairly straightforward: it’s what a pupil gets in a test, obviously. Well, it’s…

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Some thoughts on Key Stage 1 data and recent Inspections

By James Pembroke / February 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

It is evident from recent inspections that Key Stage 1 has become a major focus for Ofsted, and there are increasing demands placed on schools tracking systems. Schools therefore need to ensure that their systems are capable of providing answers to the questions that are likely to arise. As detailed in the latest Ofsted subsidiary…

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