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.
The findings of our questionnaire show that on the whole educational professionals are in support of the reforms that The Rochford Review have recommended.
Respondents are concerned about how education settings will assess pupil progress within a key stage. The Report focuses on end of key stage assessments and does not make any recommendations about the on-going formative assessment that they use more regularly.
As stated earlier, 50% of respondents said that they will continue to use the P scale in some form to track progress. We believe that this could be due to the fact that The Report does not suggest an alternative but rather suggests that schools develop their own or find an assessment system which suits their needs. This places a big onus on schools to correctly develop or invest in the right system which allows them to demonstrate their impact on pupils as this information will be used as part of the judgements made about the school. Schools will need to make these decisions with minimal input from The Government.
Respondents strongly agreed with the Rochford Review’s recommendations to improve ITT and CPD, as they do not fully prepare teachers for the challenges of working with pupils with SEND. A lot of respondents called for more training on child development, assessment and working with pupils with different needs. Respondents strongly agreed with the Rochford Review’s recommendations to improve ITT and CPD to help the development of teachers so that they can better support pupils with SEND. They also strongly agreed that schools should work together to find and share good practice and to work together to provide better standardisation between schools. This will not only provide more consistent approaches within the education system but will also support teachers moving between schools and thus reducing the knowledge gap. Respondents recommended that B Squared should be part of this knowledge sharing process; suggesting that we may be in a better position to do this than local authorities as we work with a large number of schools across the country.
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