Assessment information September 2017

The Government has released the latest information on assessment for children who would have been working on P levels. P levels are no longer to be used. The pre Key Stage standards are to become permanent for children able to engage in subject specific learning and should be used in reporting from 2018-19.

The new documents are:

For those not able to engage in subject specific learning school should use 7 elements described in the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project.

OFSTED update

There has not been an update to OFSTED handbooks or frameworks this year, but there is a special edition update newsletter. This appears to be based on the training conference run for OSTED inspectors last week. It has a lot of useful information in it, particular about data and assessment. Well worth a read.

Updated anti-bullying guidance

The government have produced a new version of  ‘Preventing and tackling bullying’. This merges the previous guidance with the ‘Supporting children and young people who are bullied: advice for schools’ document as well as adding new information about how schools can support children and young people who are bullied

Advice for talking to children in the aftermarth of terrorist attacks

Unfortunately there has been another terrorist attack, so I have collected some links to advice for talking to children. Hope they are useful.

My sister-in-law Dr Ann Alston from UWE recommends A boy called Christmas by Matt Haig.

‘It’s brilliant and has a fabulous section  in it about how a community is transformed after an act of terror (the kidnapping of a child elf). It is just this one act that gives politicians the freedom to create new laws that will result in an unhappy and less free community… I’ve alluded to it several times when discussion the reaction to terror with Soph (her daughter, aged 8). The reaction to terror is almost more important than the terror itself, I think!’

Stay Safe.