How are you getting on with life after national curriculum levels? Claire Hodgson offers some evidence-based guidance on how schools can develop their own approaches to ensuring effective assessment

Assessment in schools has always been a “hot topic”. The abolition of reportable national curriculum levels from September 2014 raised the heat. With that decision, a greater emphasis was placed on allowing teachers more flexibility in the way that they plan and assess learning.

It was also heralded as the opportunity to develop “an assessment system which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations” (National Curriculum and Assessment from September 2014, Department for Education, 2014) – a policy change which places a significant emphasis on embedding the use of formative assessment.

The NFER has long been involved in school assessment and has worked closely with schools to help provide assessments and other products and services that support effective teaching and learning.

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