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High standards, not high stakes: An alternative to SATs that would transform England’s testing and school accountability system in primary education and beyond

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This webinar introduces a series of proposals, published in a new BERA report, from the BERA expert panel on assessment to replace England’s punitive high-stakes testing and accountability system with a different approach designed to foster fairer and more sustainable system improvement through more strategic and proportionate oversight. The panel’s proposals rest on testing fewer pupils and collecting more in-depth contextual data to inform stakeholders (parents, policymakers and the public) about the system’s strengths and weaknesses. New roles for key institutions charged with overseeing the system will see education removed from excessive political interference at the centre, and a return to broader-based, deliberative decision-making that is research-informed and responsive to local needs.

The proposal will be discussed by invited speakers from academic, practitioner and policymaking communities. Discussion will then be opened to the floor.


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Bernardita Munoz Chereau, Dr

Lecturer at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Bernardita Munoz-Chereau is a lecturer at the Centre of Educational Leadership, Department of Learning and Leadership, Institute of Education, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society; she is also an educational psychologist. The main focus of...


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Gemma Moss, Professor

Professor of Literacy at U C L Insitute of Education

Gemma Moss is Professor of Literacy at UCL Institute of Education. She has been appointed Director of the ESRC Education Research Programme (2021-26). She is interested in the shifting relationships between policymakers, practitioners and...

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Pamela Sammons, Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Professor at University of Oxford

Pam Sammons is a Professor of Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. Previously she was a professor at the School of Education, University of Nottingham (2004-2009)...

Panel Discussants

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Jo-Anne Baird, Professor

Professor of Educational Assessment at Oxford University

Jo-Anne Baird is Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment. She has been Head of the Department of Education at Oxford, Standing Adviser to the House of Commons Education Select Committee, a member of Ofqual’s Standing...

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Kulvarn Atwal, Dr

Head Teacher at Highlands Primary School

Dr. Kulvarn Atwal completed his PGCE at the University of East London in 1999 and has worked in 4 East London schools. He began studying for his Masters in Education in his NQT year and has been a passionate advocate of teacher engagement in...

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Margaret Greenwood MP

Labour MP for Wirral West

Margaret Greenwood had the honour of being elected the Member of Parliament for Wirral West in May 2015, winning the seat from the Conservative Party. She previously worked as an English teacher in secondary schools, a lecturer in further...

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Matt Morden

Co-Headteacher at Surrey Square Primary School

Matt started his teaching career back in 2003 and has worked in primary schools across Essex and London. Matt joined Surrey Square Primary back in 2015 as Deputy Head Teacher and moved into the role of Co-Head Teacher in 2019 alongside Nicola...

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High standards, not high stakes

An alternative to SATs that will transform England’s testing & school accountability system in primary education & beyond

Reports19 Jul 2021