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NAHT publishes guidelines on replacing levels

14/02/2014 Joanna
The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) has published guidelines for schools to help them adjust to the abolition of the levels system for judging pupils' performance.

In September, the current system of levels ends, as the government judged it is too vague and complicated for parents, the BBC reports. Levels are used to grade pupils aged between five and fourteen.

NAHT set up a commission to address the issue and has published a number of recommendations for schools to devise their own systems for assessing pupils' ability.

It says people should be judged against objective criteria, not ranked against each other. External moderation is necessary and assessment should be based on the curriculum. Overall, there is need for a consistent approach to assessment across the UK and levels should be retained while the new system is formulated.

Education secretary Michael Gove said: "The NAHT's report gives practical, helpful ideas to schools preparing for the removal of levels."

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