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22nd May 19



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.



 Courses provided by the Assessment Support Team can be viewed by visiting the LPDS Website



New Early Year Exemplification Folder Now Available!!

14 May 2019
The Power of Formative Assessment
One-day course presented by Shirley Clarke M.Ed., Hon. Doc
The Lancashire Assessment Team are delighted to offer the opportunity to attend this one day conference led by one of the country's leading Educational Experts in the area of formative assessment.
Shirley Clarke is an internationally known expert in formative assessment. She works with teams of teachers every year evaluating formative assessment strategies linked with research findings to evolve the practical applications of formative assessment. Her many publications and presentations have enabled teachers across the world to have access to research and practical tried and tested strategies. Her work has had a major influence on practice in schools across the UK and beyond.
A former primary teacher in England, Shirley went on to become a mathematics adviser, a test writer and then an academic at the Institute of Education, University of London, during which time she conducted a number national research projects looking at the impact of testing on teachers and students. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2007.
Shirley’s publications, with a number of translations, are worldwide best sellers because they combine research with practice in a tried and tested, accessible way. She has added to the support for teachers by capturing video of teachers in action, and now has over 140 high quality clips on her website video platform (www.shirleyclarke-education.org). Seeing formative assessment in action by excellent teachers is a powerful way of communicating its impact and use.
Recent best sellers:
Visible Learning: Feedback (2019) co-authored with John Hattie
Thinking Classrooms - metacognition lessons for primary schools (2018) co-authored with Katherine Muncaster
Outstanding Formative Assessment (2014) Shirley Clarke
The conference will feature:
• Formative Assessment – practice and culture
• Current research findings
• Cognitive Load Theory and ‘desirable difficulties’ with implications for teaching from cognitive science
• Whole school embedding
The Formative Assessment Jigsaw:
• A learning culture (self-efficacy, metacognition and the implications of cognitive science)
• Children as learning resources for one another (talk partners and peer learning)
• Learning intentions and success criteria
• Prior knowledge and the constant quest to uncover student understanding
• Feedback which is acted upon (in-lesson verbal having more impact than post-lesson marking)
Throughout the day there are exciting video clips of feedback in action across the age range plus opportunities for discussions, reflection and tasks. Handouts include selected resources and suggested action plans.
Due to demand places will fill up early so to avoid disappointment please book early! Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
**Subsequent delegates from the same school will be charged a reduced fee of £150 which will be discounted at the time of booking**
29 November 2018
Teacher Assessment Guidance 2019
This guidance supports schools in making statutory TA judgements at the end of KS2, and schools and local authorities in undertaking statutory moderation of these judgements.It also provides information about changes that have been made to the frameworks and the pre-key stage standards for the 2018/19 academic year.
Please click here to access the 2019 Teacher Assessment Guidance for KS1
Please click here to access the 2019 Teacher Assessment Guidance for KS2
29 November 2018
7 Aspects of engagement pilot: qualitative evaluation
This evaluation report was produced by IFF Research, working in partnership with Dr. Debs Robinson (University of Derby). It looks at the use of the 7 aspects of engagement as a summative assessment tool at the end of key stages 1 and 2 for pupils who are working below the level of the national curriculum and not involved in subject-specific study.
The pilot ran from January to July 2018 and involved 55 primary schools. Please click here to read the report.

16 November 2018

Assessment Year Planner
Your new Assessment Support Team Year Planner has arrived! Please download it from the assessment year planner page in the left hand menu.



18 October 2018
ARA Booklets
The Standards and Testing Agency, have released the Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA) booklets for 2018/19 which are also available for download here:-



28 September 2018
PIVATS notification
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.


27 June 2018

End of Key Assessments - Notes for Parents

Click here to find  notes for parents for end of key stage 1 and key stage 2
A prinatable version is available here
Click here to find  notes for parents for the Foundation Stage
Key stage 1 report template for teachers to use when completing statutory end of year reports for parents.from the DfE


4 June 2018
KS1 Test Analysis Framework
Please click here to download a framework detailing how the KS1 2018 Maths Tests can be used to provide evidence towards statements from the 2018 KS1 Teacher Assessment Framework. This is designed to aid teachers in making judgements and to help supplement the evidence that they have from day to day classroom practice.



1 May 2018
OPTIONAL end of Key Stage Writing Grids
To access the KS1 Optional Grid for learning 2018 click here, or KS2 please click here. Please note these are optional and are not a statutory requirement. 



20 April 2018
2018 Statutory Test KS2 Timetable
The KS2 test timetable for week commencing 14 May 2018 is published in the 2018 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA) by the Standards & Testing Agency (STA).  The DfE have recently published some information about the timetable which differs from the information printed by STA.  Please note there is an error on the DfE publication, so please ensure you follow the STA 2018 Assessment and Reporting Arrangement timetable.

National curriculum test timetable 2018

Key stage 2



Monday 14 May

English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 15 May

English reading

Wednesday 16 May

 Mathematics papers 1 and 2

Thursday 17 May

Mathematics paper 3

Science sampling tests

Schools selected for science sampling will need to be available to administer the tests within the 2 week period from Monday 4 June 2018.





19 April 2018
Ramadan: Exams and Tests 2018 Information for schools
Publication from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) providing information and practical advice for schools.


10 April 2018
Information for Parents
Publication from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) concerning the end of this years key stage 1 and 2 National curriculum tests.



13 February 2018
Pupil Attitude Questionnaire 2017/18 - Schools that still wish to take part
The deadline for school orders for this year's Pupil Attitude Questionnaire has now passed.  However, should you still wish to take part then you can subscribe to the online version which can be completed by your pupils in the spring or summer term (choice of years 3-11).  
If you wish to take part in this year's online PAQ please email pst@lancashire.gov.uk
We will then reply indicating the cost. You will  need to respond to say if you accept the charge and indicate which year groups you  wish to order.

If you wish to take part in this year's online PAQ please email pst@lancashire.gov.uk



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
NEW 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
Available to order by clicking here
Just £50 for a DVD with fully printable option.



2 November 2017
Assessment Courses
A list of planned Assessment Courses for 2017-2018. You can find further details, including course descriptions here.



6 July 2017

EYFS Explanatory Notes for Parents 2017

For optional use by schools, for children at the end of the EYFS, click here.


4 July 2017
Phonics Reporting Templates for Parents

Y1 phonics reporting template for parents


standard met

Y1 phonics reporting template for parents


standard not met

Y2 phonics 2017

standard met

Y2 phonics 2017

standard not met



7 June 2017
Key Stage 1 Conversion Tables 2017
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.


January 2017

KLIPs Exemplification for:-
Reading and Writing Years Years 1 -6
and now
 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:



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.


11 January 2016

News about PIVATS; publication of the new PIVATS 5

Letter from Karen Williams we have been reviewing and re-writing PIVATS to align this with changes to assessment and the revised National Curriculum, and are very pleased to now be able to offer the new PIVATS 5 materials on CD for reading, writing and mathematics.


If you you would like to book an in-school consultancy then please contact 01772 531555 for further information.