The Westminster Forum hosted an event last week to focus on Next steps for reforming primary education: effective teaching practices, assessment and accountability. One of the most interesting aspects of the morning was the opportunity to hear Dame Reena Keeble who was commissioned by the Teaching Schools Council to lead on an investigation into what constitutes effective primary teaching practice.
The result is a report called Effective Primary Teaching Practice 2016. The report is the result of working directly with a group of primary schools and drawing on a body of evidence from research.
It is a practical and well-constructed document that gives some excellent best and good practice examples of positive leadership, effective teaching, how to make the best use of resources and how schools make clear choices about the way they organise, structure and prioritise.
The whole morning was enlightening and interesting especially the focus on assessment following the demise of levels which left many in the room a little uncertain as to the way forward. There is to be further consultation on the way forward with assessment, especially summative assessment. Make your thoughts, views and feelings known and let us try to build a consensus about the best way we can move forward to ensure that assessment is beneficial to the pupils we teach and not just a stick to beat us with.