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Have your schools told you anything about the new curriculum or plans for replacing levels?

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anamenotanumber Thu 26-Jun-14 13:12:27

I'm curious as ours hasn't even mentioned it. Are schools communicating about the new curriculum and what they are doing about assessment/ whether they are carrying on with levels?

Rooble Thu 26-Jun-14 13:30:54

Our school has the info about the new curriculum on its website but I'd be astonished if many people have looked at it. However, there are info evenings for next year which may convey some of it. Maybe?
No info yet about measuring without levels... Though I know they have plans on how to do it - but only know this because I'm a governor and have been involved in a related discussion.
So broadly - no, it hasn't really been communicated, but that doesn't mean it hasn't had loads of work done on it.

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 26-Jun-14 13:37:34

no we haven't been told anything yet - mind still not been told anything about the KS1 meals either so I suspect the school are tearing their hair out with it all added to report writing, mixing up classes, planning groups and so on.

I will be interested to see what they decide to do though.

Feenie Thu 26-Jun-14 17:14:19

Our LEA have told us today that levels are not going until Sept 2015 and we are to continue using them hmm

mrz Thu 26-Jun-14 17:24:22


anamenotanumber Thu 26-Jun-14 17:33:43

Oh I wonder if the LEA knows something we don't?

mrz Thu 26-Jun-14 17:43:22

"Assessment levels have now been removed and will not be replaced." government statement from March 2014

rabbitstew Thu 26-Jun-14 18:29:38

March 2014 is a long time ago in Gove-land. Plenty of time to have changed tack.

mrz Thu 26-Jun-14 18:40:58

Feenie Thu 26-Jun-14 19:24:51

LEA have said it's advice that is new today and changing by the hour confused, so much so that the briefing given to deputies today was different to the one given to Heads last week hmm

Everything about this Coalition in education has been rushed, ad hoc and had everyone running round like headless chicken. I have never worked under such incompetence from the DfE. It's absolutely ludicrous. Gove truly is the Back-of-a-fag-packet Education Secretary.

Feenie Thu 26-Jun-14 19:25:09


mrz Thu 26-Jun-14 19:28:09

Many schools have spent considerable sums on buying in alternative systems

mrz Thu 26-Jun-14 19:29:01

It's definitely a different message to the one I received on Tuesday from a DfE spokesperson

diamondage Thu 26-Jun-14 19:36:50

mrz well that's an interesting read - who knew that levels were both vague AND complicated? .... Did I say vague, better repeat that in case you weren't clear hmm

It's also interesting to see how many of these new schemes explicitly state they rely on tests, rather than day to day assessments, to give a score, percentage or whatever.

Certainly it smells strongly of spin and sales pitch to me.

Feenie Thu 26-Jun-14 19:42:50

Who knows, mrz? Could well be that that is just our LEAs advice because they say so - deputy was quite convinced re Sept 2015 though.

mrz Thu 26-Jun-14 19:46:30

There's nothing certain in education

clam Thu 26-Jun-14 19:47:53

I've given up asking what I should be doing to prepare. Just getting fobbed off by SMT, presumably because they know nothing either.

Let's just hope OFSTED don't come calling any time soon.

anamenotanumber Fri 27-Jun-14 14:38:13

I still don't see what was wrong with levels really. They aren't confusing for parents if given basic info.

diamondage Fri 27-Jun-14 19:12:25

I suspect that the new system will make it harder to compare schools, thus reducing the issue with everyone wanting to send their children to high achieving schools.

I'm not quite sure why I think this, maybe it's something I read ...

do you know how will KS1 and KS2 SATS be compared in the future???

Will direct comparisons be possible if schools are using different systems for measuring progress?

Will SATS be reported from the tests alone, or will teacher assessments still apply?

mrz Fri 27-Jun-14 19:20:13

Children now in Y1 and Y5 will be assessed under the old system next summer but there will be new tests in 2016 (7 for KS1 including SPaG) the results will be given as a scaled score

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