The Department for Education has published details of what the ‘expected level’ is for KS1 tests; but one headteachers’ leader says there is no need to panic
Primary teachers should “not panic” about the key stage 1 scaled scores released by the government this week, the leader of a headteachers’ union said today.
The Department for Education published what marks pupils needed to achieve in order to show they were hitting the government’s “expected” level.
The scores have been released during a fraught term for primary assessment in which one major test was cancelled following a leaked paper and there were complaints that another was so difficult it reduced pupils to tears.
The NAHT heads’ union is so concerned about how changes to Sats and teacher assessments have been introduced that it is calling on the government not to publish any primary teacher assessment and test data because it would make comparisons between schools “very risky”.
‘The only judgement that counts is the teacher’s’
But today Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, said that teachers should not worry about the KS 1 scaled scores.
“The only judgement that counts is the teacher’s,” he told TES. “Although they have to think about the test results, they are not reported elsewhere and are purely for the school’s information.
“All that matters is the teacher assessment, so they should try not to worry too much.”
Mr Hobby did note that some schools would be “unhappy” that the KS1 guidance has only just been published, as many teachers will have already started making their teacher assessment judgements.
The scaled scores are as follows. How did your pupils do?
Grammar, punctuation and spelling
The scales have had a mixed reaction on Twitter.
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