The Unfairness of The KS1 Writing Tests


This morning I had a brief conversation with @SheliBB regarding the Key Stage 1 writing exemplification materials. Sheli expressed her concerns about workload for each child and also discussed a child who is working at the expected standard apart from letter reversals and poor handwriting due to dyslexia. Sheli was asking for thoughts on this matter.

I have watched this debate growing over the last couple of days and it has close parallels with the way assessment is conducted in special schools. As everyone knows, a huge number of children in our special schools are on P Scales and never reach the dizzy heights of Key Stage tests. The only way we can ensure our assessment is rigorous is to moderate across school and furthermore to moderate with other schools on a regional basis. It is quite common for our subject leaders to travel 30 miles to other special schools…

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