- Replacing the P Scale attainment framework—implementing the Rochford review
- What was the background?
- What do the Regulations provide?
- What are the practical implications of the Regulations?
Local Government analysis: The Education (National Curriculum Assessment Arrangements, Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study) and (Pupil Information and School Performance Information) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) aims to put the recommendations of the 2015 Rochford review on a statutory basis. The Regulations provide for new means of assessing the attainment of pupils, many of whom will have special education needs (SEN), for whom statutory assessments of attainment under the national curriculum are not suitable because they have not completed the relevant study programmes when they reach the appropriate chronological age. The Regulations remove the existing attainment framework for pupils who are working below the standard of national curriculum tests (Performance Scales (P scales)) and introduce three new frameworks for assessing attainment up to key stage 2 (KS2). The Regulations also provide for modified reporting requirements on attainment in respect of such pupils and impose certain consequential administrative requirements on head teachers. Written by Denis Edwards, barrister at Normanton Chambers.
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