Schools to trial Primary Extended Project Award from September

An extended project for year 5 and 6 pupils that aims to assess and celebrate a wider set of skills than recognised by SATs is to be trialled in primary schools from September.

The Primary Extended Project Award (PEPA) is being developed by the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) and multi-academy trust Big Education.

One of the core aims of the award, which is being created with support from technical and vocational learning charity NCFE, is to give pupils the chance to be “more creative” and to develop wider skills than are assessed by SATs.

Joe Hallgarten, CEO at CfEY, said they are looking to design an assessment that “can complement SATs” and are now ready to trial the approach.

Work on building the PEPE prototype has begun this month and it is hoped that 30 schools and around 1,000 pupils will take part in a trial of the PEPA approach from September 2023.

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