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The early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) is not mandatory this year
Schools are being asked to use their “best endeavours” to carry out the EYFSP assessment instead. The DfE previously said the process would continue to go ahead; however, they have now decided that the assessments are no longer mandatory.
Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, said that the assessment was being made optional “in recognition of the additional pressures reception teachers face”.
Schools that do decide they can complete the EYFSP this year, and provide the information to parents and Year 1 teachers, will not be externally moderated. The requirement to submit the data to LAs or confirm whether they have completed it has been removed.
The EYFSP did not go ahead last year following the cancellation of primary assessments due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pupils’ grades to be based on teachers’ assessments
Ofqual has published its two-week consultation on alternative arrangements for GCSE and A-level results in Summer 2021, following the government’s decision to cancel exams due to take place this year.
Ofqual is proposing that pupils’ grades in each subject are to be “based on their teachers’ assessment of the standard at which [they are] performing”. Final assessments will take place “towards the end of the academic year”.
The regulator also said that to help teachers to make “objective decisions”, it is proposing that exam boards provide “guidance and training”. Sets of papers for teachers to use with pupils are being considered as part of the plans. Ofqual is seeking views on whether “such papers should be provided” and what they should look like if they were to be implemented.
Under the proposed plan, pupils would be assessed by their teachers from May until early June, and would be expected to submit grades to exam boards by mid-June.
To have your say, you can access the consultation here.
Education Secretary questioned on remote learning, rapid-result testing and FSM vouchers
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has been questioned by MPs on several key issues schools are currently facing. Here’s a summary of what we learned.
Mr Williamson continued his insistence on the importance of live lessons as part of a remote education offer, saying it has been “shown to be the best way in terms of delivering teaching”. Last week, however, Ofsted published guidance which described the same claim as one of several “unhelpful myths” on remote education.
Children’s Minister Vicky Ford said the DfE has asked PHE and NHS Test and Trace to provide “rapid updated public health advice on daily contact COVID testing in schools”. The daily serial testing recently failed to gain the approval of the UK’s medical regulatory authority.
Ms Ford added that the government continues to encourage “the weekly testing of all staff, although this remains a voluntary matter for individual staff members, and as I said, early years staff will be prioritised through the community testing”.
On the issue of FSM, Mr Williamson said the food parcels shared on social media last week were “unacceptable” and “didn’t meet the expectations or the guidance that we have set out”.
He claimed that over 15,000 vouchers had already been dispatched through the national scheme that began yesterday.
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