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14:56 16 November in National News
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Rochford Review recommendations
Request for schools to trial new assessments for pupils below the standard of national curriculum tests. The government’s response to the Rochford Review consultation set out plans for two important changes for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests:

  • For pupils engaged in subject-specific learning, it accepts the Review’s recommendation that the interim pre-key stage standards are made permanent and extended to cover all of these pupils. To give schools adequate time to prepare for these changes, this will take effect from the 2018/19 academic year onwards, with the full suite of pre-key stage standards being published in the 2017/18 spring term.
  • For pupils not yet engaged in subject-specific learning, a pilot of the Review’s recommended approach to assessing these pupils using the 7 aspects of engagement for cognition and learning will be run in the 2017/18 academic year, before taking any final decisions on whether to implement this approach on a statutory basis.

The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) will be working with schools to run two projects to prepare for these changes. If you would like to volunteer to take part in either of these pilots, or request further information, please contact:Rochford.Review@education.gov.uk.

1. Pre-key stage standards review
The pre-key stage standards will be reviewed, working with teachers and other educational experts, to ensure that they are fit for purpose. This review will follow a thorough process, including: an evaluation by practising teachers, head teachers and local authority representatives; an expert review to act on feedback; and trialling of the final versions. We plan to publish the full suite of pre-key stage standards in spring 2018, for first use by schools in the 2018/19 academic year.
Schools are needed to take part in:

  • An evaluation in autumn term 2017 – representatives to attend a half-day panel in London in the second half of November
  • Trialling in spring term 2018 – schools to be sent assessment materials and asked to submit feedback.

2. Pilot of the 7 aspects of engagement for cognition and learning
The pilot will run this academic year, ending in summer 2018, with approximately 50 schools assessing their pupils not engaged in subject-specific learning against the 7 aspects of engagement for cognition and learning. Participating schools will receive support and guidance, including through one of 8 regional teaching school hubs, on how to use the model and to share practice with others. Professional researchers will conduct an evaluation of the pilot.

Schools are needed to take part, starting from the end of the autumn term until the end of the summer term. The project will include initial set-up meetings, a mid-point feedback session in the spring term, and an end-point feedback session in the summer term.

Getting involved
If you would like to volunteer to take part in either of these pilots, or request further information, please contact: Rochford.Review@education.gov.uk.

For any related events run by the STA, attendees will be reimbursed standard class travel expenses in full and overnight accommodation costs, and teachers’ supply cover will also be paid (£190 per day including VAT).

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