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As parents across the country are receiving their children’s SATs results, Mr Clegg and Schools Minister David Laws are launching a consultation on plans to overhaul England’s primary tests and targets.

They would mean significant changes to how primary schools are measured and their pupils’ achievements shown to parents.

Pupils aged 11 would be ranked in 10% ability bands across the year group and parents told how they measured up.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

For children to achieve their potential, we need to raise the bar.

But head teachers’ leaders described the plans, which could come in in 2016, as “disappointing and destructive”. “Labelling an 11-year-old as a failure is totally unacceptable,” said the National Association of Head Teachers.

Mr Clegg said:

I make no apology for having high ambitions for our pupils. But for children to achieve their potential we need to raise the bar – in terms of tests, pass marks and minimum standards. I am confident that primary schools and their pupils will meet that challenge.

More about the new proposed policy for primary schools: Rather than just give parents and teachers the current levels (i.e. level 5, level 4 or level 3) in maths, English and Grammar, a bit more information will be provided about where our pupils stand in comparison to other pupils’ results in the exams on a national level. Parents will be able to know whether their children are considered high, low or average performers on a national level. The current level 4 will be replaced with a new ‘Scaled Score’ in line with the new national curriculum covering maths, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

What’s your take on this? Are head teachers right to be concerned about this new measure?

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