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Assessment levels: A hard habit to break...

The DfE’s Commission on Assessment without Levels makes it clear – levels needed to go. However, replacing them isn’t proving to be easy. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the messages from the report and the difficulties schools are facing

After more than two decades of Levels being the measuring stick for progress in our primary schools, it is not surprising that it will take them more than a few months to break away and find something new.

The final report of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Commission on Assessment without Levels was published in September 2015. The Commission is in support of the move away from levels, but also recognises the difficulties that schools are experiencing in doing this. Levels were more than just an assessment method, they had become a key element of school culture and part of the language of the staffroom.

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