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Recommendation 5

The contents of this page are extracted from our 'The Results of B Squared’s “The Rochford Review: Final Report” Customer Questionnaire' that was first published in January 2017. The document can be downloaded in its entirety by clicking here.

Following recommendation 4, schools should be free to decide their own approach to making these assessments according to the curriculum they use and the needs of their pupils.

Our findings show that 70% of respondents agreed with this recommendation.

We asked respondents whether their setting should design and build its own assessment system, 41% of respondents felt that this was possible but the majority of respondents felt that this was unrealistic due to the time and resources required to make the system effective and useful.

We asked respondents to identify what they take into consideration when choosing an assessment system. The responses have been listed below in order of popularity:

  • Pupil Attainment/Progress
91%
  • Teacher workload
79%
  • Staff confidence and competence
62%
  • Accountability measures
62%
  • A recognised system with extended functionality 
62%
  • Communication with parents
54%
  • School budget
52%
  • Multi-agency work (therapists etc.)
47%
  • External moderation of work
46%
  • Transitioning (between school/key stage
42%
  • Bespoke system
32%


As would be expected, the priorities changed depending on the job role of the respondent. A high percentage of senior leaders were concerned with accountability measures, staff confidence and using a recognised system, whilst a high percentage of professionals working in alternative provisions put priority on transitioning pupils, communication with parents and multi-agency work.


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