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Teachers TV

May 20, 2010 04:00 ET

The Big Debate on Primary Assessment

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) -

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With some schools boycotting SATs, teachers, heads, parents, journalists and education experts, joined forces this week to discuss the future of primary assessment. The lively and thought-provoking Teachers TV debate, showed just how passionate the school workforce can be.

Presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the studio audience probed and challenged the panel which included; Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, Warwick Mansell, education journalist and author, Professor Tim Oates, from Cambridge Assessment and Dr Sue Horner, former Director of Curriculum at QCDA.

The panel came under some tough questioning around consistency of primary testing, along with ideas on how to improve the system. Brenda Bigland, Teaching Award winner and Headteacher at Lent Rise Combined School in Buckinghamshire, believes that the school workforce should be leading on assessment.

"We are the ones at the chalk face who know what is best for our children and schools. Lock twelve heads in a room for five days, and we would come up with the answers. It is time for us to take the lead." However this was met with objection from Wiliam who believes that teachers and heads can't come up with answers, as they don't assess all their pupils in the same way.

Andrew Bethell, Chief Executive of Teachers TV said: "There doesn't seem to be an easy solution to primary assessment. But what this debate has done - is helped to provide teachers and their colleagues with a forum to discuss the best options available." 

To watch the debate in full and to see how the studio audience voted on what they believe the best form of primary assessment is, go to the Teachers TV website.

Notes to Editors

  • The Big Debate: Where Next for Primary Assessment? will be shown on the Teachers TV channel today at 22:00 and 03:00. Also on Friday 21 May at 08:00, 16:00, 21:00, 02:00 and 09:00 and 20:00 on Sunday 23 May
  • Teachers TV programmes are available on the TV Channel on Sky 880, Virgin Media 240, Freesat 650 and Freeview 88 (4-6pm) and through iTunes U
  • Through engaging educational videos, practical resources and an active online community, Teachers TV supports the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field
  • The Teachers TV award winning website has over 3,500 educational videos available to view at anytime and currently has over 370,000 registered users. In 2009 more than three million people visited the site
  • To date, Teachers TV has filmed over 5,400 teachers in 2,500 schools and over 1,900 educational experts, advisers and academics. Teachers TV is making a huge difference to schools throughout the country

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