Services For Education works on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority to deliver the statutory duties regarding primary assessment.
In addition to undertaking moderation and monitoring services, we are in a perfect position to provide support, guidance and training for primary schools to best prepare for the requirements of statutory assessment in KS1 and KS2.
Our team of experts and STA Approved moderators can provide centre-based, in-school or cross MAT moderation to ensure all schools are secure in their teacher judgements and assessment procedures.
Our School Support Service is commissioned to provide the management of the Statutory Assessment Duty on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority (LA).
This duty includes the delivery of this service to LA maintained schools. In addition, academy and free schools who are required to comply with the guidance as set out annually by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) should confirm a contract with ourselves annually.
Independent schools may also subscribe to this service if they choose to submit KS1 data to the Local Authority or KS2 data directly to DfE through the Primary Assessment Gateway.
For more information or to subscribe please contact us.
At Services For Education, we also support schools to get prepared for statutory assessment.
We can support you to review and develop whole school assessment approaches in line with best practice in Assessment for Learning.
This includes developing the knowledge and awareness of staff members to ensure they are up to date and understand the implications of essential information, guidance, support and updates regarding statutory assessments.
Our approach is to bring together curriculum design, assessment without levels and recording of pupil attainment. Click on the images below to book onto the course.
Services For Education, working on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority to organise, manage and deliver statutory assessment duty, is inviting applications from serving teachers who wish to become a Teacher Moderator for either Key Stage 1 statutory teacher assessments of English reading, writing and mathematics, or Key Stage 2 statutory teacher assessment of writing in 2022.
The local authority has a responsibility to conduct moderation of teacher assessment judgements in 25% of its maintained schools and settings each year and in 25% of those academies, independent and free schools that choose Birmingham as their moderation provider.
Please follow this link for further information and application process.
The School Support Service offers continuity of service and access to specialist ongoing telephone and email support, training and guidance to schools concerning processes and procedures.
We work closely with STA to fulfil our statutory obligations including assessment planning, training and accreditation of moderators.
We also work closely with the LA Data and Intelligence Team to ensure the timely and accurate submission of school data and have a working relationship with the wider assessment community through subscription and regular liaison with both local and national members of the Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment (AAIA).
Below, you will find links to some important information for statutory assessment.
Education and Attainment data
This page contains key information for schools around the collection and analysis of assessment data. The focus will be on the statutory collections for Phonics.
School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers
Guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents.
Local Authority Guidance – Primary data
This page contains key information for schools around the collection and analysis of assessment data. The focus will be on the summer collections for Early Years Foundation Stage profile (EYFSP), phonics and KS1. It will also cover KS2.
Changes to teacher assessment from 2018/19: What schools need to know
This government leaflet provides a recap of the key changes to TA that schools need to know for the 2018/19 academic year.
Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms
The aim of this consultation is to seek views from interested parties on proposed changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.
2021 Early Years Foundation Stage: Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA)
Statutory guidance for assessing and reporting the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook
This handbook supports EYFS practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child’s attainment.
KS1 and KS2
Reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2
Following the cancellation of the summer 2021 national curriculum assessments, the Department for Education (DfE) laid regulations to remove the requirement to report the outcomes of KS1 and KS2 tests or teacher assessments in this year’s reports.
STA have published guidance for schools about writing statutory end of year reports for parents of pupils at the end of key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2). The guidance also contains information on other aspects of reporting, including attendance.
KS1 Administering the phonics screening check to incoming year 2 pupils in the 2021 autumn term
As in the 2020/21 academic year, it will be statutory for schools to administer a past version of the check to year2 pupils during the second half of the 2021 autumn term.
Year 2 pupils who meet the expected standard in the autumn check will not be required to complete any further statutory assessments in phonics. Year 2 pupils who do not meet the expected standard in the autumn check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2022.
Incoming year 3 pupils, who were due to take the statutory check in June 2021 are not required to take the autumn check. Schools are expected to maintain a programme of support for these pupils, which should be informed by formative assessment.
National curriculum assessments calendar
Important dates for primary schools to plan for the 2021 key stages 1 and 2 assessments (commonly called SATs).
Key stage 1: administering the phonics screening check to year 2 pupils
This guidance is for schools administering the phonics screening check to year 2 pupils during the second half of the 2021 autumn term.
Reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2
Government guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents.
Guidance for schools about access arrangements available for pupils participating in 2020 KS1 national curriculum tests
Information about how headteachers, or someone with delegated authority, can reschedule the key stage 2 tests.
Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment Guidance
Guidance for schools and local authorities involved in the administration and moderation of statutory key stage 1 (KS1) teacher assessment (TA) in 2021.
Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessment Guidance
Guidance for schools and local authorities involved in the administration and moderation of statutory key stage 2 (KS2) teacher assessment (TA) in 2021.
2021 Key Stage 1: Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA)
Statutory guidance for assessing and reporting the national curriculum at key stage 1 (KS1) in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
2021 Key Stage 2: Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA)
Statutory guidance for assessing and reporting the national curriculum at key stage 2 (KS2) in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Multiplication tables check: IT guidance
This guidance is to help schools prepare to administer the optional multiplication tables check in June 2021.
Deadlines – Assessment Data Collections, Summer 2020
A list of dates for the submission of assessment data to the LA this summer, including additional dates for secondary transfer and the submission of KS2 teacher assessments to the
Key stage 1 and 2 national curriculum tests: information for parents
Information leaflet and videos for parents about end of key stage assessments (often referred to as SATs) for 7 and 11 year olds.
2019 scaled scores at key stage 1
Scaled score conversion tables for schools and local authorities to use for the 2019 national curriculum tests.
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