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Independent report

Rochford Review: final report

Statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests at key stages 1 and 2 (known as SATs).

Documents

The Rochford Review: final report

Details

This report sets out the recommendations of the independent Rochford Review group. It follows the publication in December 2015 of the Rochford Review’s interim recommendations.

The final report’s recommendations include:

  • the removal of the statutory requirement to assess pupils with SEND who are working below the standard using performance scales (P scales)
  • that the interim pre-key stage standards for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests are made permanent and extended to include all pupils engaged in subject-specific learning
  • that schools assess pupils’ development in all 4 areas of need outlined in the SEND Code of Practice, but statutory assessment for pupils who are not engaged in subject-specific learning should be limited to the area of cognition and learning

We will consult on the report’s recommendations in early 2017. Final decisions will be made following that consultation.

In the meantime schools should continue to use the pre-key stage standards and P scales for the statutory assessment of pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests.

The interim pre-key stage standards for key stage 1 and key stage 2 and more information about the review group are also available.