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New research from King’s College London finds that teacher assessments are equally as reliable as standardised exams at predicting educational success.

Dr Kaili Rimfeld and Dr Margherita Malanchini say their findings, published today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, question whether the benefits of standardised exams outweigh the costs.

Dr Malanchini said,

Our results should inform the debate about testing during both primary and secondary education. Trusting teachers to implement the curriculum and monitor progress could benefit the wellbeing of pupils and teachers and help to bring joy back to the classroom.

For further details see Teacher assessments during compulsory education are as reliable, stable and heritable as standardized test scores’ by Rimfeld, Malanchini et alJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.13070 

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It is very important all those involved in the dispute at Anderton Park recognise the adverse impact this is having on the reputation of the city, broader cohesion and most importantly the children at this school. Views are entrenching with a determination to win this argument. This is creating an environment where those who seek division will have cause to celebrate and to exploit. Frankly a primary school is no place for the continuance of a large scale protest, however lawful.

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