9 things you need to know about writing assessment at KS1 and KS2

Following the DfE’s response to the assessment consultation this September, we asked  English and assessment adviser Shareen Mayers to share her thoughts on the changes to the teacher assessment framework for writing at key stages 1 and 2.

The changes can be summarised as follows. For Shareen's full article, visit our dedicated assessment site

  • The approach to writing assessment is now more flexible, though this needs to be treated with caution

  • There is a greater emphasis on composition - and less emphasis on exclamations, commands and expanded noun phrases

  • Updated exemplification materials will be available later in the autumn term - watch this space!

  • The DfE are exploring comparative judgement - but nothing has been confirmed yet

  • Questions, statements, exclamations and commands are not explicitly mentioned at KS1

  • Proofreading is the new statement for greater depth writers at KS1

  • There have been changes to greater depth writing at KS2 - with a greater focus on the connections between reading and writing 

  • There is less focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling at KS2

  • Using a dictionary is explicitly mentioned at KS2

Looking for resources to support writing assessment? Take a look at our Writing Tasks


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