10 questions for the DfE / STA

Sadly, I’ll be busy at 2pm on Friday (funnily enough), so I won’t be able to take part in the DfE’s webinar about KS2 assessment. I suspect that much of it will re-cover old ground because there’s so much confusion around. I consider myself to be pretty clued-up about things, but still there are plenty of questions I have, either because clarity has not been forthcoming, or in some cases because no information has been given at all.

So here are my ten questions for the DfE/STA to answer this Friday:

  • What counts as “independent” work for the purposes of Writing assessment?
  • Will self-corrected spellings, using dictionaries, count as evidence for writing assessment?
  • If so, how are moderators meant to differentiate between spellings which have been self-corrected and those where teachers have directed correction?
  • When will Reading & Science exemplification be published? (We were told they would be out by the end of January!)
  • When will moderation happen?
  • When will schools be informed that they are to be moderated?
  • When the clarification document about teacher assessment be provided?
  • When will we see whatever is to replace for the interim TA frameworks in 2017? (We were promised at least one year’s notice of significant changes!)
  • Was any effort made to align the new Writing expectations to the old Level 4b standard, as we had been told was the intention?
  • Will pupils assessed against the pre-key stage frameworks be awarded a nominal score for progress measure purposes?

And one for luck:

  • Why are webinar events like this being held during the teaching day? (Again!)


With love



7 thoughts on “10 questions for the DfE / STA

  1. Kate Cameron 24 February 2016 at 10:05 pm Reply

    Are we going to get any exemplification for ‘Work Towards’ and ‘Working at Greater Depth’ for writing?

  2. joiningthedebate 25 February 2016 at 6:12 am Reply

    Your first line made me laugh.
    I once questioned them about why a turnup event was on a school day and not a Saturday.
    They said they didn’t want teachers to lose family time etc. A nice thought! but I thought at the time ‘office type’ workers have no idea about the inflexibility of a teacher’s timetable.

  3. Jason Hughes (@jhughes71) 25 February 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Another question… Any chance we can have some guidance about what the expected standard looks like in the four non-SATS years? Would save thousands of teachers around the country countless hours trying to develop their own materials from scratch!

    • Michael Tidd 25 February 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply

      I prefer it without. My school’s curriculum will be different to yours. A school with mixed-age classes may use the content in a very different order. A school with high EAL might expect different rates of progress towards the end point.
      Where everyone is on July of Year 4 is academic, so long as we all know where we’re going.

  4. cazzypot2013 25 February 2016 at 9:26 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

  5. Claire 26 February 2016 at 1:08 pm Reply

    We’ve been told that they won’t be releasing any further exemplification materials. Have you been told the same?

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