Assessment under the 2019 Ofsted frameworkDate: 02.11.2018
Schoolzone polled schools on whether Ofsted's reduced focus on performance will affect their assessment practices. Most schools say they will carry on as now - that the assessment and tracking of pupils isn't really an Ofsted issue.
Schools need pupil data to identify learner needs of course, but teachers often express concerns that they do too much assessment and can't see the point of it. Interestingly, although significant proportions of schools say that the data will be used less be SLT and more by teachers, leaders are twice as likely as teachers to anticipate this.
Secondary schools (almost a quarter) are more likely than primary schools to do less testing in future, but it’s unlikely that sales of commercial tests and tracking software will be affected at either phase. Almost a quarter of primary schools will continue to test but will monitor progress less closely.
“We will continue to do what is best for the students.”
“Probably stay the same as our school is obsessed with data.”
“Continue to assess, but focus on assessment to inform interventions and next steps rather than produce data.”
“We will keep assessing and tracking progress but it will be less central - curriculum and deep learning will become more important.”