School assessment probe call by MP

WIGAN’S MP has hosted a probe into the importance of academic assessment.

Education select committee member Lisa Nandy convened the meeting following the launch of a document – ‘Common Ground on Assessment and Accountability in Primary Schools’ – jointly published by the three teaching unions.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have called for an end to the excessive, confused and overlapping test and exam-based accountability system in England.

Lisa Nandy MP said: “For too long, children’s education has been blighted by an assessment regime which encourages teaching to the test.

“Meaningful assessment is the Holy Grail and I am firmly in favour of a system where schools are properly accountable to parents, carers and pupils through manageable teacher assessment.

“Only by putting assessment back in the hands of the profession can there be a primary assessment system which will support teaching and learning and provide genuinely useful information for parents and for other schools.

“It is vital that this important issue does not get buried.”