Primary assessment

The pressure on children and schools from a broken system can’t go on. Teachers are adamant that the fiasco of primary assessment 2015/16 must not be repeated this year. Primary assessment is not fit for purpose. It is harming children’s learning and, in some cases, their well-being.

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DfE primary assessment consultation
Following the chaos and confusion of 2016, the DfE has launched a consultation on the future of primary assessment.

You can read the NUT’s full response to the consultation here as a PDF, or in WORD format.

Guidance for members on how to respond to the DfE’s consultation questions will be available shortly.

The consultation runs until 22nd June and we want to encourage as many members as possible to make their views known.

Test Driven Curriculum: New video shows head teachers speaking out
In the new More Than a Score video head teachers speak out about the damage to curriculum, learning and children caused by the current system of primary assessment.
Watch the video online and share via social media.

More Than a Score: The alternative for primary assessment

More Than a Score has launched its alternative for primary assessment. This document explains in an easy and accessible way what we are campaigning for and the kind of change we need to see in our schools.
Download a copy from the More Than a Score website and use it to start a conversation about primary assessment.

Postcards to MPs: Keep spreading the word and building pressure

Postcards to lobby MPs for real reform of primary assessment are available to order by emailing
Over 5,000 postcards have been ordered by divisions and parents. Postcards come in packs of 50 and can be used until the end of May.


More Than a Score free half day conference in York, Saturday 6th May. Book Tickets here

‘You Can’t Test This’ family activity morning in Cambridge, Saturday 22nd April. Email for more details

Ideas and resources

You Can’t Test This – East London

'Can't Test This'

You Can’t Test This week is when teachers show that there is value to all of the learning and development that children do that isn’t currently recognised by the restrictive and reductive system of school accountability that is used to assess children.

From using maths skills to crack codes, to sharing poetry, creative writing or reading without stopping to count the pronouns and note the adjectives, do something different for You Can’t Test this week and claim back your classroom. Downloads are available for a You Can't Test This ideas sheet, flyer and Powerpoint.

Keep Schools Creative – Northern region

Keeping Schools Creative @schoolscreative

Started by young teachers in Newcastle, teachers are running events and education debates on keeping creative teaching (not just creative subjects) in schools. You can download their Banner for your own use.

The Alternative Classroom – Lancaster and Morecambe

Teachers have been offering educational, fun and interesting activities for children at stall in town centres at weekends. Talking to parents at these stalls about the learning that happens through these activities helps to demonstrate to parents an alternative vision of classroom practice, and how teachers want to be able to teach their children.

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