Read here about the independent research conducted by Emeritus Professor Merryn Hutchings of London Metropolitan University on the impact of accountability measures on children and young people. This research was commissioned by the NUT.
It breaks new ground to uncover the very real impact on children’s education, day to day, from the ways in which schools are measured, ranked and compared using very narrow ranges of data.
The baseline assessment will test children’s abilities in literacy and numeracy within weeks of them entering school in reception. The NUT believes that children are more than a score. If you think four is too young to test, you can find local and national campaign resources and ideas to oppose baseline testing in your area by visiting the NUT Better Without Baseline campaign page.
The NUT has developed online resources on the Curriculum and Assessment. The Year of Assessment – Life Without Levels materials are new for 2015. These resources will help teachers develop their expertise in assessment in the context of the removal of National Curriculum levels from this year.