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Prep school - do you use commercial assessment schemes for literacy?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by TheGentleman, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. TheGentleman

    TheGentleman Occasional commenter

    Morning. I have been tasked with looking at our current literacy summative assessment in KS2. We currently use ISEB but it has a small fan base amongst our teachers. What do you use in your school - in particular to assess comprehension and writing? The concern about moving from ISEB is that our pupils will not be in good shape for 11+ and entrance exams. I’m not convinced by this argument! Any thoughts welcomed.
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    No answers for you, but wondering why you aren't keen on ISEB.
    We are thinking of moving to ISEB, so I'm just interested.
  3. tonbridge87

    tonbridge87 New commenter

    Ask at your local district if you are in an IAPS school. A number of English teachers are discussing this at present and trying to work out clear assessment in writing. We have tried PIRA and GAPS as well as NFER. Both are so closely allied to the new English curriculum, especially GAPS so unless you teach to this, the students can find the task quite challenging. To me it's about a balance between knowing the core and heart of the subject and the ability to write freely and creatively. I am lucky in that my school feeds directly into its senior school and they test on VR , NVR with just small test on English and Maths.

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