Welcome to the Assessment section of the Lancashire Grid for Learning. Here you will find the latest assessment news, information on courses and resources to help you with your practice.
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Key Principles for Assessment March 2021
Please click here for the Key Principles document produced by the Assessment Support Team for the remainder of the academic year. This document provides discussion points for schools to have internally around their assessment practices in light of the return of face to face teaching.
Update: Primary Assessment 2021 in light of the COVID19 Pandemic
The DFE have stated:
‘..We know that schools will continue to use assessment during the summer term to inform teaching, to enable them to give information to parents on their child’s attainment in their annual report and to support transition to secondary school. We strongly encourage schools to do this, using past test papers if they wish..’
However the DFE state:
‘..we are requiring teachers and early years practitioners to use their best endeavours to still complete the EYFSP for children in the summer term, if at all possible, and to provide this important information to parents and to year 1 teachers, should the situation at the time allow...’
Using Success Criteria to help home learning
Use of Success Criteria in day to day lessons is a tool that Teachers use to help children 'break down' their learning of a new or complicated skill. It can also serve as a reminder of the key things needed in a piece of work to ensure success! This short document will help explain in more details and to provide ideas about how you can use Success Criteria in your home learning.
To see the doccument please click here
The Engagement Model
In light of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the 2020 to 2021 academic year will be a transitionary year (subject to the necessary legislation being made) to allow schools time to prepare for, and start embedding, the engagement model. The engagement model is the new attainment framework (replacing P scales 1 to 4) for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study.
The 2020 to 2021 academic year will be a transitionary year where schools that have prepared to implement the engagement model will be able to report against it and schools that need more time to implement this change will have the option to assess against P scales 1 to 4, for one final year. The engagement model will become statutory from September 2021 and further information can be found at the engagement model.
5th February 2020
Following the Rochford Review, the government announced plans to introduce the engagement model. This is a new form of assessment for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests and not engaged in subject-specific study. It replaces P scales 1-4, and subject to consultation and final ministerial decision, will become statutory from the 2020/21 academic year.
Please see The Engagement Model Guidance here.
28 September 2018
Following the government's review of statutory assessment arrangements for pupils in primary schools working below the standard of national curriculum assessments, the following changes have been made for 2018/19 onwards:
Pupils engaged in subject-specific study
The interim pre-key stage standards have been extended and must be used for statutory assessment at the end of KS1 and KS2 for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum assessments engaged in subject-specific study. Please note – the PIVATS P Scale milestones are still relevant for ongoing formative assessment and for in-school summative assessments.
Pupils not engaged in subject-specific study
The government is piloting the approach set out in the Rochford Review's recommendations for assessing pupils not engaged in subject-specific study against the 7 aspects of engagement for cognition and learning. These changes will not take place before the 2019/20 academic year.
In the interim, P scales 1-4 must continue to be used for this group of pupils for the 2018/19 academic year. Once the findings have been clarified, the PIVATS team will review the PIVATS P Scale milestones.
(P. 1 Key Stage 1 – pupils working below the national curriculum assessment standard – Teacher assessment framework 2018/19 – Standards and Testing Agency)
Regarding the above changes, the PIVATS team have received many enquiries as to whether or not PIVATS continues to be a viable assessment tool. The answer to this is affirmative. In response to concerns regarding the statutory requirements of assessing against the pre-key stage standards, the PIVATS team have produced the following guidance.
11 October 2019
The Primary Assessment Gateway
The Primary Assessment Gateway is a secure website that supports primary schools, LAs and MATs with the administration of key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum assessments.
For further information click here,
11 October 2019
School inspection data summary report (IDSR) guide
This guide gives an overview of the data contained in the primary inspection data summary report (IDSR) and information to help interpret the charts.
13 June 2019
Key Stage 1 Conversion Tables 2019
Teachers mark the KS1 tests and calculate the raw scores each pupil achieves for each test. To convert raw scores to scaled scores, you need to use the conversion tables.
05 June 2019
KS1 Maths Test Analysis 2019
Click here to access the 2019 KS1 Maths Test Analysis document, created by the Lancashire Maths Team, to aid with your Teacher Assessment for the end of Key Stage 1.
25 January 2018
KS1 Mathematics – Ideas for evidence
This PowerPoint created by the Lancashire Maths Team gives teachers some ideas of the types of activities that may help to generate evidence to demonstrate children's understanding of the KS1 Teacher Assessment Frameworks.
25 October 2017
Early Years Exemplification
Completed and ready for order, brand new exemplification for ALL ELGS at ALL standards. This resource was created by the Assessment Support Team in conjunction with Lancashire Teachers and LPDS EYFS Consultants.
Ideal for all Reception Teachers and Senior Leaders
NOW Just £15 for a DVD with fully printable option.
Available to order by clicking here
NOW Just £15 for a DVD with fully printable option.
5 January 2017
Reading and Writing Years Years 1 -6
Mathematics Years 1-6
KLIPs exemplification has now been completed for reading and writing and mathematics for Years 1 – 6 and can now be ordered. The primary purpose of this resource is to provide an aid to teachers when using the Lancashire KLIPs assessment materials, when making judgements in a more summative way (i.e. summing up at the end of a period of time). As Lancashire KLIPs are aligned to the national curriculum, they may also help schools in considering wider issues such as appropriate pitch against the new NC expectations. In addition, they will provide a touch stone for reference when teachers are taking part in their own internal and external moderation activities, for example local cluster moderation. You can order the English and mathematics exemplification separately.
KLIPs Exemplification can be ordered by completing the form at the following link:
PLEASE SPECIFY IF YOU REQUIRE THE READING AND WRITING OR MATHS KLIPS EXEMPLIFICATION MATERIALS OR BOTH
7 September 2016
KLIPS Frequenly Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please click here to view a colection of Frequetly Asked Questions relating to KLIPs regarding their implementation and use.
If you you would like to book an in-school consultancy then please contact 01772 531555 for further information.