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Bulletin

NASUWT The Teachers’ Union NORTHERN IRELAND

February 2013

SAY ‘NO’ TO CCEA ASSESSMENTS

NASUWT members are continuing to oppose the excessive workload generated by the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) for the arrangements for assessment of the cross-curricular skills of Communication and Using Mathematics in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Whilst the NASUWT is committed to working with the Education Minister, the Department of Education Northern Ireland (DENI) officials and CCEA to try and find a solution to make the assessment arrangements workable, the existing CCEA guidance remains heavily bureaucratic and undermines teachers’ professional judgement.

Following action by NASUWT members, the Education Minister has decided to remove the requirement on schools to take part in the external moderation process for CCEA assessments in Key Stages 1 and 2. The Minister has not altered the requirement for external moderation in Key Stage 3. The Minister has ordered a review of the current arrangements to make changes for future years and the NASUWT is committed to this process, but a resolution needs to be found for 2013. All schools have been asked to submit levels of progression for all pupils to CCEA by 15 March. This will increase workload problems in schools as teachers will be expected to provide

portfolios of evidence in support of their assessments. The NASUWT remains concerned that moderation of Key Stage 3 assessments is continuing and that the process is diverting teachers from teaching. The NASUWT contends that learning, teaching and assessment should be viewed as a continuous cycle, where assessment plays an integral part in informing teaching and learning and in providing evidence of progress made and outcomes achieved. The introduction of the proposed CCEA cross-curricular assessments at the end of Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 should be part of the normal work of the class teacher and should replace all other forms of assessments.

IMPORTANT REMINDER Action short of strike action instructions

COUNCIL FOR CURRICULUM, EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENT (CCEA) ASSESSMENTS

Members are instructed not to: • submit tasks to CCEA for approval; • compile portfolios of work for CCEA standardisation; • engage in moderation/standardisation exercises; or • record a level of progression in Communication, Using Mathematics and ICT at the end of Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. All members should be following these and the other national action instructions. www.nasuwt.org.uk/IndustrialAction

NASUWT The Teachers’ Union NORTHERN IRELAND

Ben Madigan House Edgewater Office Park Edgewater Road Belfast BT3 9JQ. Tel: 028 9078 4480 Fax: 028 9078 4489 E-mail: rc-nireland@mail.nasuwt.org.uk Website: www.nasuwt.org.uk The largest teachers’ union in Northern Ireland

Help, Advice, Support If you experience any problems on the issues raised in this bulletin, please contact your NASUWT Local Secretary, National Executive Member or National Centre. Contact details can be found: • in the NASUWT diary;

• on the website www.nasuwt.org.uk;

• by phoning 028 9078 4480.

School Representatives Bulletin Feb 2013  

Representatives Bulletin covering CCEA Cross curricular assessment.

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