Schools warned not to use 2020 assessment data to judge teachers


Assessment data from the current year must not be used to judge teacher performance, the Department for Education has told schools.

Under new guidance from the government, schools have been told not to monitor staff performance while closures and disruption are ongoing.

In addition, GCSE and A-level results will not be used to assess applications for English and maths hubs, teaching schools or free schools.

It follows education secretary Gavin Williamson’s decision to cancel exams this summer in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Rather than exams, grades for GCSEs and A-levels will be awarded on the back of teacher assessments and other available data.

The new guidance on school and college accountability has said that schools “should not use the 2020 exams data as part of their teacher performance management process”.

Meanwhile, teams such as Ofsted, regional groups of the Department for Education and local authorities will judge schools on past data sets and not on any grades awarded this summer.

A wide range of performance data sets for 2019-2020 will no longer be published by the Department for Education as a result of the outbreak.

This includes data on school, college and multi-academy trust performance based on exams from the summer of 2020, alongside measures such as Progress 8 which was due to be reported later this year and in early 2021.

The guidance also states that the department will “not publish any institution-level qualification achievement rates in the national achievement rate tables for the 2019-2020 academic year”.

Schools are also set to receive grade details directly from the awarding organisations and that education performance data will not be shared via Analyse School Performance or other accredited services, as is usually the case.

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