21 October 2016
Rochford Review final report
The final report of the Rochford Review of assessment for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests was published 19 October. Its key recommendations include:
the removal of the statutory requirement to assess pupils with SEND who are working below the standard using P scales
that the interim pre-key stage standards for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests are made permanent and extended to include all pupils engaged in subject-specific learning
that schools assess pupils’ development in all four areas of need outlined in the SEND Code of Practice, but statutory assessment for pupils who are not engaged in subject-specific learning should be limited to the area of cognition and learning
The government will consult on the report’s recommendations in early 2017. Final decisions will be made following that consultation. In the meantime, schools should continue to use the pre-key stage standards and P scales for the statutory assessment of pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests.