• Are we missing a trick in primary assessment? with Jean Gross CBE

    What gets measured tends to get done. In primary schools this means a curriculum driven largely by English and maths.

    But perhaps assessment needs to help us look below the surface of these headline measures. Why? Consider these research findings:

    • Children with poor language at age five are six times less likely to reach the expected standard in literacy at age 11 than those with good language, and 11 times less likely to reach the expected standard in maths.
    • Children’s reading ability is dependent on their oral language skills – their vocabulary and language structures. The contribution of spoken language skills to reading is not confined to reading comprehension; it also predicts how easily they will learn phonics.
  • Have we seen the death of data?

    James Pembroke, Data Analyst at Insight/Sig+, analyses the changes and impact of assessment, post-COVID, on schools and pupils.

  • The role and value of primary assessment

    Claire Hodgson, Research Director at the National Foundation for Educational Research, leads perspectives from a range of experts, to share their view on the power of assessments, from the future of Computer-Adaptive and Computer-Based Assessments to taking a deep dive into what formative, summative and diagnostic assessments are.

  • Communicating progress to parents through assessment

    When considering pupil progress and assessment, liaising with parents (and carers / guardians) proactively and positively is crucial, whether that be through test results, reports, parents’ evenings or a little update at the classroom door, but is there a model of best practice that all educators can draw upon?