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 EYFS, 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.
Due to the challenging circumstances faced by schools in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, statutory introduction of the RBA has been postponed to Autumn 2021. Instead, schools have the opportunity to sign up to the RBA Early Adopter year.
Participation is optional, even after signing up. Data gathered from the Early Adopter year will not be used for the purpose of the progress measure.
The RBA is an activity-based assessment of pupils’ starting point in:
- language, communication, and literacy
The recruitment window for schools to sign up opens on 25 June and closes on 24 July 2020.
Schools who choose to participate will receive assessment materials shortly before the October 2020 half term, with the optional assessment window opening for six-weeks after the October half term. Find out more here.
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 are required (EYFS), or choose to submit data (KS1, KS2) to the Local Authority or DfE directly.
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 2021.
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
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 2020 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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