Is the government finally moving away from data as the only way to judge school performance?

Ministers’ over-dependence on annual test results has taken its toll on a generation of heads – and those put off headship because of it – but there are refreshing signs that this could be changing.

Within Justine Greening’s recent announcement on assessment there was a very interesting line that has gone somewhat under the radar:


"Because of the changes to primary assessment, I want to be clear that no decisions on intervention will be made on the basis of the 2016 data alone. Regional schools commissioners and local authorities will work together with the current leaders of the small minority of primary schools below the floor or coasting to help and support the schools to move forward in a positive direction.”

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