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School Pupil Tracker is closing, changes to assessment

School Pupil Tracker is closing in December 2019.

We will not be able to use it after the end of this academic year, your child's reports and assessments will be available for download until the end of the calendar year.

 

A new Ofsted inspection framework, due in September 2019, and changes from the Department for Education (DfE) mean that over the next few years there will be some changes in the way schools are required to measure and report progress, because of this the owners of School Pupil Tracker have decided it is time to end the life of the product. We are seeing this as an opportunity to review the way we assess and record your child's progress. 

The Department for Education (DfE) are planning to make the following changes:

  • reduce burdens for teachers by removing the requirement to carry out statutory teacher assessments in English reading and mathematics at the end of key stage 2 from the 2018 to 2019 academic year onwards
  • improve the early years foundation stage profile, including revising the Early Learning Goals to make them clearer and align them more closely with teaching in key stage 1
  • introduce an online multiplication tables check, to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4, from the 2019 to 2020 academic year onwards
  • introduce a new assessment at the start of reception from September 2020 to act as the start point for measuring progress, so we can give schools credit for the progress they help pupils make in reception, year one and year two
  • remove the statutory status of end-of-key stage 1 assessments at the earliest possible point, from the 2022 to 2023 academic year, once the reception baseline is fully established.

Ofsted will be placing less emphasis on assessment records and tracking, they will also be considering teacher workload.

 

As we move into this time of change we will be reviewing our assessment principles and procedures. The main things we need our new assessment system to do are:

  • to show which children are on track and making progress and those who aren't
  • inform teaching
  • report progress to parents

We have already begun to test the market and have met with a number of providers of assessment recording and tracking systems.

Once we have decided on our next steps we will communicate this with you, in the meantime if you wish to keep any information that is currently stored on SPTO then you will need to download it before the end of December. We will continue to use SPTO in the usual way until the end of this academic year.

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