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How will primary schools show children’s progress? New accountability measures have been published...

The government has published information on the measures they will use to compare how well primary schools are doing from 2016 onwards. Known as ‘accountability measures’, the new progress measures will be used to show the progress that pupils make from the end of key stage 1 to the end of key stage 2. This information will then be published in school league tables.

The measures will show how well children are performing compared to other children of similar ability. However this information won’t be used to check on individual children, it will be used to show how well the school is doing to help children make progress.

There are a number of different measures that the school will have to use:

• the percentage of pupils achieving the “expected standard” in reading, writing and maths at the end of key stage 2.

• the pupils’ average scaled score in reading and maths

• the percentage of pupils who achieve at a high standard in reading, writing and maths

• the pupils’ average progress in the three areas

This article explains about the new accountability measures.

The government has published this information for schools about the accountability measures.

We know that good spoken language skills will help children make progress in other subjects at school. Our free ‘What’s Typical Talk at Primary?’ poster can be used to help teaching staff see how well children are doing with their communication skills, crucial for progress in reading and writing.

Communicating the Curriculum” from The Communication Trust is a practical resource which will help primary schools to define and monitor children's progress in spoken language.