All summer 2020 primary assessments have been cancelled. This includes all statutory teacher assessment (TA) activities for all pupils in:
- EYFSP (more detailed information here)
- Key Stage 1
- Key Stage 2
There will also be no formal reporting and moderation requirements.
The DfE recognises that this will create a gap in KS1 and KS2 attainment data for the 2020 (Year 2 and Year 6 cohorts of pupils).
The DfE also recognises that, in the absence of reported test results or TA information, parents will still want information on their child’s achievements. Similarly receiving schools/teachers, for example, Year 7 teachers receiving current Year 6 pupils in September, will want some information on pupils.
The DfE is discussing what advice it can provide to schools about informal ways to feed back to parents in the absence of these statutory assessment outcomes.
The DfE recognises there will be additional issues related to transition, including Year R pupils who were halfway through EYFSP going into Year 1, with less evidence than usual having been collected to support judgements, and Year 6 pupils going into Year 7. To help with this, as part of our Open Data Project ASCL is developing materials to support primary teachers in producing summary reports about Year 6 pupils, which will then move seamlessly to teachers in Year 7 of the receiving school.
Currently, the Reception Baseline Assessment
is one of the assessments that is still going ahead in September 2020. The department is, however, keeping the position on all 2020/21 statutory assessments under regular review.
The DfE is currently reviewing when to publish their response to the consultation on reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
Further updates are expected shortly on EYFS early adopters, and on the engagement model.