Reports and Resources

Reports and Resources

Here you will find links and downloadable publications that may be of interest. You can find information on future developments, changes, and research reports.

The engagement model - January 2020

Click here for further information on the engagement model

Click here to view a video produced by STA.

Following the Rochford Review, the government announced plans to introduce the engagement model. This is a new form of assessment for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests and not engaged in subject-specific study. It replaces P scales 1-4, and subject to consultation and final ministerial decision, will become statutory from the 2020/21 academic year.

This is still draft guidance and will be reviewed before spring 2020, when a final version will be published.

How will pupils be assessed?

The engagement model has 5 areas of engagement:

  • exploration
  • realisation
  • anticipation
  • persistence
  • initiation

The areas allow teachers to assess pupils’ engagement in developing new skills, knowledge and concepts in the school’s curriculum by demonstrating how pupils are achieving specific outcomes. They represent what is necessary for pupils to fully engage in their learning and reach their full potential.

Reception Baseline Assessment

Reception Baseline Assessment

The first year of the baseline will be autumn 2020. The STA have released the framework with a supporting document as well as an information leaflet.

Schools are being given the opportunity to be part of a large-scale pilot which will commence in September 2019. Schools will receive communications from NFER on 1 March 2019 containing information about how to sign up for the pilot. Please refer to this email if you wish to participate. The recruitment window opens on 1 March and closes on 5 April 2019. Information about the pilot and elements such as measuring progress and the effects on the KS1 assessments can be viewed here.

The DfE have published information on changes to assessments in primary schools relating to the Reception baseline assessment (RBA) on 14 May 2019. Click here to view the details.

Multiplication Tables Check 2019-2020

Multiplication Tables Check 2019-2020

There will be a 3 week window from 8 June 2020 to test your Year 4 pupils. This online test will give teachers the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or the whole class at the same time. Assessment frameworks and access arrangements are being finalised and we will let you know when they become available.

In the meantime have a look at the latest communication from the STA about the multiplication tables check here. There is also the opportunity to participate in the next phase of the user research programme. If you have internet connectivity concerns please complete the STA ICT survey. This will enable the STA to gather more information on a variety of ICT features used within schools, such as internet browsers, operating systems and broadband connectivity.

The recent release of the Multiplication tables check assessment framework can be viewed here.

STA have released the Multiplication tables check administration guidance and the systems guidance, which are for those schools participating in the June 2019 pilot.

Further developments have been released including the framework for June 2020 although we will have to wait for March for the test administration guidance.

Assessment Without Levels: Qualitative Research

Assessment without levels: qualitative research - Research report

December 2018

The removal of national curriculum levels in 2014 was designed to complement the introduction of a revised, more challenging national curriculum. The Commission on Assessment without Levels (CAWL) was set up to advise schools on the principles of effective assessment and to support and guide schools in developing their assessment policies and practice.

Conclusion - Page 52

The stated intention of the removal of levels was to contribute to greater coherence between the assessment system and the curriculum to promote greater breadth of content and depth of learning (CAWL, 2015, p.3). In order to achieve this, the commission proposed that schools should focus more on formative assessment based on high-quality, in-depth teaching, and less on the requirements of the statutory national assessment framework and testing regime.

Interviewees said that the removal of levels led their schools to re-focus on formative assessment and interviewees attested to the positive impact of this on teachers and pupils. On the whole, interviewees indicated that the quality of feedback and communication with pupils had improved. However, the removal of national curriculum levels and the encouragement for schools to develop their own approaches have led to a perceived lack of common understanding between schools. The influence of high-stakes national assessment is still clearly apparent in schools’ non-statutory assessment and continues to be the main driver for formative and summative assessment.

Schools had typically accessed a range of guidance, support and training when devising their new approaches to non-statutory assessment, but few had continued to do so once their approaches were established. There were examples of continuing school-to-school collaboration on non-statutory assessment, especially for moderation (largely among primary schools) and less commonly, for information-sharing and in order to ease transition.

2017 Maladministration Report (Published Nov 2018)

2017 Maladministration report: National curriculum assessments at key stages 1 and 2

This report details the numbers, sources and types of allegations of maladministration reported to STA’s maladministration team throughout the 2017 test cycle across key stages 1 and 2.

It also presents the numbers of amendments and annulments of results made in 2017.



7 Aspects of Engagement Pilot: Qualitative Evaluation (Nov 2018)

Piloting the 7 aspects of engagement for summative assessment: qualitative evaluation

November 2018

This evaluation report looks at the use of the 7 aspects of engagement as a summative assessment tool at the end of key stages 1 and 2 for pupils who are working below the level of the national curriculum and not involved in subject-specific study.

The pilot ran from January to July 2018 and involved 55 primary schools.

T Level Funding Consultation Launched

T Level Funding Consultation Launched

Colleges, schools and post-16 providers are being encouraged to have their say on how new T Levels – a once in a generation opportunity to put technical education on a par with our world class A Levels – are funded through a three month consultation launched today, Tuesday 27th November.

T Levels will be the technical equivalent of A Levels combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement.


Educating Out of Year Group - Information and Guidance

Educating Out of Year Group - Information and Guidance

Please visit the educational psychology website to view resources. There is downloadable guidance and a leaflet that you might find helpful when considering if a child needs to be working out of year group.

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