4 out of 5 schools left unprepared for Government’s new curriculum


A new survey of educators in the UK has revealed 80% are uncertain or concerned regarding changes to assessment in the National Curriculum from September 2014.

The research from Renaissance Learning shows that 4 in 5 teachers are uncertain or concerned about the abandonment of levels as an assessment system, with no national replacement, and only 4% believe that schools have been given adequate time to implement the new policy.

From September 2014 the Department for Education will remove existing descriptions for assessing student’s levels of learning from the curriculum and not replace them. Only 17% of teachers feel their school is prepared for the changes while only 4% felt that they have been given sufficient time to implement new practices. 

The Department for Education believes existing levels have become too abstract with ambiguous criteria, and are complicated and difficult to understand.

This single approach to assessment is being removed, and instead it will be for schools to decide how they assess pupils’ progress.

Schools will have the freedom to develop a curriculum which is relevant to their individual school and pupils.

School’s new assessment framework will need to be built into the school curriculum, so that schools can check what pupils have learned.  Ofsted’s inspections will be informed by whatever pupil tracking data schools choose to keep.

However, of the teachers surveyed, only 14% said they had a clear understanding of what Ofsted and Government will require from schools in light of the changes in assessment.

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