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Thu, May 10, 2018 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM BST

Many schools are, understandably, still exploring and considering their options for their assessment framework following the removal of levels. In this webinar Rob (CEM, Durham University) and Stuart (Evidence Based Education) will discuss the opportunities & challenges brought about by the removal of levels, and highlight how CEM assessment data can support your school in monitoring pupil progress.

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12th February 2018

We know it is vital that teachers have access to reliable information throughout Reception, to help them make informed decisions so they can transform the academic outcomes of the children they teach. So we developed PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary School) and later the BASE assessment for children in Reception.

We believe that one of the most powerful ways to improve pupil outcomes is to give teachers robust, diagnostic, detailed information on individual pupil developmental levels in Reception.

Read our latest blog about what we think baseline assessment should tell you, and our take on the DfE’s proposal for a new statutory reception baseline assessment.

5th March 2018

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has published a report calling for reforms to the system for judging England’s primary schools, in order to make it fairer on schools and better for children.

The report, Sense and Accountability: Holding our Primary Schools to account for what matters most, follows consultation with a panel of primary and assessment experts, including CEM Director, Professor Rob Coe and CEM’s Director of Policy, Katharine Bailey.

The panel was drawn together by ASCL in response to concerns about the intense focus placed on Key Stage 2 SATs results and the negative impact this has on schools and children.

The accountability review contains 15 recommendations: some aimed at government, some at Ofsted, and some are for school leaders and leadership organisations. You can find out more about the report and the recommendations on our blog.

29th January 2018

Director of CEM, Professor Robert Coe, and Director of Policy Katherine Bailey will be speaking at the Schools North East Evidence-Based Education event on Friday 9th February at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield.

This year the focus is on Literacy, and how to effectively implement literacy skills in your school. Find out more and book your place here.

Our Product Management team will also be at the event to answer your questions about our assessments. We’re always on the look-out for schools to work with us and would love to get your feedback on our new style reports, so do come and have a chat with us if you are coming to the event.

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