Assessment without levels

Last week the DFE confirmed that National Curriculum levels are no more, and they will not be replaced with a new national framework in the new Key Stage curriculum. So what shall we replace them with? Blogger and Deputy head teacher Chris Hildrew shares his thoughts…

Teaching: Leading Learning

I don’t share Tom Bennett’s gleeful celebration at the demise of National Curriculum levels confirmed by the Department for Education today. In fact, I feel quite nervous about this new world with the “terrifying amount of freedom” it brings. I share some of Heather Leatt’s worry:

I believe there are some good things about the National Curriculum Levels which we need to preserve in whatever models we devise to replace them. First amongst these qualities is that they were standard across the country. I accept that their application was varied and that they were open to interpretation, but the criteria for a Level 5 in English were the same in Cornwall and County Durham. When training as…

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