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Assessment: Life after levels at key stage 3

Focusing on key stage 3 and the key transition points for secondary pupils, Sarah Wynn looks at some of the potential problems as schools move to life after national curriculum levels and reports on her research into the assessment changes

While the traditional British summer has once again passed by in a blur, many of us will be entering this academic year with an entirely new assessment mindset.

At the same time, there have been many who have returned into schools having been locked away in their laboratories, mixing together a variety of strategies to provide the most effective assessment concoctions for their schools.

As of this term, national curriculum levels have been axed. Schools can now adopt their own approach to internal assessment. The Department for Education (DfE) does not specify what this should look like, but says that each school's assessment system should be designed to check that pupils are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage.

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