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National Curriculum Tests: Public Consultation

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will hold a public consultation on (a) the proposals in the report recently produced by the Expert Group on Assessment and (b) the proposal to move Key Stage 2 standard assessment tests to June; (285909)

(2) whom he has consulted on his Department’s proposal to hold Key Stage 2 standard assessment tests in June.

The Expert Group on Assessment consulted widely before publishing its recommendations, including the proposal to move Key Stage National Curriculum tests to June. The Department has accepted the group’s recommendations in full.

Having taken account of advice from the Qualification and Standards Authority (QCA) and the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), tests in 2010 will take place as planned in the week commencing 10 May. We will seek to implement the Expert Group’s recommendation on moving the test to mid June in 2011; this will help to strengthen transition arrangements for year 6 pupils; it will also help to embed our Assessment for Learning strategy and the role of teacher assessment.