The NUT – working for you
As a result of Union pressure, the
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
(QCA) has agreed to produce a briefing note
for schools on preventing excessive and
unnecessary workload arising from Assessing
Pupils’ Progress (APP).
The QCA document on ‘manageability’
- The use of APP is voluntary, not statutory.
- The use of APP should be subject to discussion
and consultation with staff before it is introduced
- APP uses evidence from day-to-day teaching
and learning – it does not require any special
The NUT is advising members that:
- The use of APP should be determined by the
professional judgement of teachers. It should
only be used where teachers believe it would
- There is no single approach or ‘right way’ to use
APP. It is for teachers to use their professional
judgement to determine how useful the
programme, or elements of it, would be.
- Time should be made available during the
school day for in-school APP standardisation
and moderation meetings to take place.
Teachers cannot be required to use their
Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA)
time for activities related to APP.
- All initiatives are likely to generate additional
workload and APP is no exception. Where APP
is used, additional time should be provided
during the school day for teachers to familiarise
themselves with the APP materials.
The NUT is asking members and
school representatives to:
Hold a meeting to discuss whether and how
APP should be used.
Agree a position on APP to be put to the
Contact your NUT division/association secretary
if you need further support from the Union.