Commenting on the primary school performance tables released today by the DfE, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:
“The NASUWT has consistently highlighted to Government the serious problems with the reforms to primary assessment, particularly the impossibility of comparing data for last year with previous years due to changes introduced to the testing system.
“It is clear that the way in which assessments were undertaken have cast serious doubt on the validity and reliability of outcomes. It is for this reason that the Secretary of State announced in October that no school should be subject to intervention on the basis of this data alone, underlining the extreme caution with which it should be treated.
“The NASUWT remains clear that a fit for purpose accountability system should consider the performance of schools in the round and not solely on the basis of narrowly focused test and examination results."