19 October 2016
Commenting on today’s written ministerial statement by Education Secretary Justine Greening on primary education and Year 7 re-sits, Malcolm Trobe, Interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said: “We very much welcome the Education Secretary’s statement today. She has clearly listened to comments and suggestions from the profession and responded with highly constructive proposals.
“We share the Secretary of State’s view that it is very important to assist those pupils who are struggling when they move into secondary schools and fully support her priority to promote and fund effective interventions. We told her that mathematics and reading re-sits were not necessary, and are pleased that she has listened, understood the issues and now stated that there will be no mandatory Year 7 re-sits.
“The promised period of stability is very sensible, with no new national tests or assessments introduced prior to the 2018/19 academic year. Her statement of having a supportive approach to those schools below the floor standards to move in a positive direction indicates her understanding of the needs of these schools.
“It is good to see that Justine Greening is opening up a range of consultations that have the potential to make significant improvements across important areas, including the use of teacher assessment and the Key Stage 2 reading test.
“We look forward to working with the Secretary of State on these matters.”