Preparing for life after levels

Life after levels
Leading figures from across education are meeting this month to agree a set of assessment principles to help schools cope when national curriculum levels are axed. Headteacher Update reports

A commission has been set-up by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) to advise schools on how they can develop new assessment systems when national curriculum levels are axed next year.

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed in June that the current system of levels used to report children’s attainment and progress will be removed when the new national curriculum comes into effect in September 2014.

Schools are now awaiting the outcomes of a DfE consultation into primary assessment and accountability arrangements which closed last month.

However, the DfE has already made it clear that levels will not be replaced and that it will not prescribe a specific approach to assessment. In June, it said it would look to work with schools, publishers and external test developers, among others, to “signpost” potential approaches.

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