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Are Year 6 assessments a waste of time?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    They often mean a lot of extra work for Year 6 teachers and provide very little valuable information on pupils, the time could be spent on other things argues one headteacher:

    ‘From over 900 responses to a survey shared on social media, nearly 60 per cent of responses said that teachers were spending more than 10 hours on reaching judgements for the Year 6 writing assessment, for just a single class. Multiply that by over 20,000 classes and you can soon see the burden it places – not to mention the cost of the moderation process itself…

    If we cautiously assume that those who said they were spending over 10 hours spent only just over that amount, that’s the equivalent of two teaching days additional workload. Imagine what could be achieved by giving that time over to planning excellent teaching.’
    Michael Tidd is headteacher at Medmerry Primary School in West Sussex.


    What are your views about Year 6 assessments?
  2. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I thought teacher assessments for Y6 (except for writing) were no longer to be used?
  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Most secondaries re-test at the start of yr 7 and use that data for setting etc. yr6 data is pretty much useless when comparing between feeder schools.
  4. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Senior commenter

    Science TAs have to be submitted, along with writing.
  5. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Senior commenter

    Education is now a complete crock of sh*te, to be honest, from Reception baselines to Progress and Attainment 8. All of us on the same treadmill trying to keep the ‘flight plan’ progress targets going in the right direction.

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