Back to normal? Is that where we need to be?

We all want to get back to normal – but is it still appropriate in the ‘new normal’ of the 21st century to be using 19th century assessment methods? Helen Osgood pleads for change

“I’ve had enough of unprecedented, I’m ready to get back to normal” – a sound sentiment perhaps after the past two years, but do we want to be “getting back to normal”? Are we in danger of missing an opportunity?

In the coming weeks, primary school children will begin taking a barrage of national assessments – SATs, the phonics screening check, and the brand-new multiplication tables check.

Meanwhile, over in key stage 4 and post-16, entry-level certificates, GCSEs, A levels and a whole range of vocational, end-of-course assessments will be underway to mark the learning that has occurred over the past few years.

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