The school leaders’ union, NAHT, launched a commission to consider the removal of levels and published a report on its findings in February 2014.
You can read a summary of the commission’s recommendations on page 6 of the report (see below). Among the recommendations, NAHT says:
- All schools should have clear assessment principles and practices to which all staff are committed
- Pupils should be assessed against objective and agreed criteria rather than ranked against each other
- Pupil progress and achievement should be communicated in terms of descriptive profiles rather than condensed to numerical summaries, (although schools may wish to use numerical data for internal purposes)
- External moderation is essential
The report also calls on NAHT to develop a set of model assessment criteria based on the new National Curriculum.