As part of a new primary school appraisal system, ministers are considering more rigorous assessments for seven-year-olds, including the reintroduction of national tests. It is expected that this will be announced by education secretary Nicky Morgan in her first major policy speech since the election tomorrow (3rd November).
Ministers have suggested that current methods in place for primary school assessment in England are ineffective in measuring the progress made by pupils. The consultation by ministers could potentially lead to changes to the national evaluations at key stage one, where pupils are assessed on literacy, writing, maths and science by their own teachers and schools.
The standard SATS tests for year two pupils were abolished in 2004, but it's likely that they will be reintroduced. The aim of the review is to ensure that assessments for students up to the age of seven can be used to reliably gauge success through to the end of primary school education.
Ms Morgan's speech will be her most significant since accepting her role. Further to the consultation for primary school assessment, she is expected to announce the launch of a national teachers service. This service has been designed to encourage teachers to work in areas which struggle to recruit enough staff.
From September 2016, primary schools in England will also have the option to take part in assessments for reception class students, which will seek to report the abilities of children within their first few weeks of school.
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