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Primary Assessment Updates - March 2018

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools.

Primary Assessment Letter - Summer 2017

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools.

Primary Assessment Updates - January 2017

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools.

Primary Assessment Updates - Autumn 2016

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools.

HfL Blog - Assessment

HfL’s assessment advisers are contributing to a new company blog along with maths, computing, English and languages.

The blog will feature news reports, opinion pieces, reviews and images, and will be regularly updated to ensure that Hertfordshire schools are up to date with what’s going on in assessment.

The blog is written for teachers, subject leaders and educational professionals wishing to engage in continuing professional development in assessment.

Information on applying for a review of the marking of KS2 tests

The STA have published guidance on marking reviews and clerical reviews of KS2 tests at the following page:

Please note, there is a charge for both types of review, although the charge is waived if certain conditions are met.A marking review will not be charged if it results in a change to the pupil’s outcome from being below the expected standard to achieving the expected standard, or if it changes the pupil’s raw score by at least 3 marks.

KS2 SATs results will become available on 5th July, by logging in to the NCA Tools website. On this same day, the KS2 conversion tables, that convert raw scores to scaled scores, will be released.

DfE Guidance on Submitting Key Stage 2 Data

the DfE has produced a document that explains the use of all the teacher assessment codes and how data is to be submitted this year. The document can be found at:

A summary of the codes and their meaning can be found on pages 4-5 of this document. NB Clarification regarding ‘HNM’ code in Key Stage 2 reading and maths: if a pupil was entered into the KS2 test because the school believed the pupil was able to access the test and therefore likely to score at least some marks, but the pupil is not considered to be working at the ‘Expected Standard’ (i.e. not meeting all of the ‘Pupil can…’ statements in the Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks) then the TA code that should be applied is HNM. The Pre-Key Stage standards (PKF, PKE and PFG) are more relevant to a pupil who was working below the standard of the test and therefore not entered into the test.

Primary Update - December 2015

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools.