Rochford Review

ASCL welcomes the recommendations of the Rochford Review. They appear to have coherence with the SEND Code of Practice.

They also embrace many of the principles underpinning the 2014 National Curriculum, applying them to pupils for whom the p-levels (as a feature of the pre-2014 National Curriculum) were initially developed.

The recommendation that the pre-key stage standards are extended, to include a wider range of learners, is a promising one. There are a significant number of learners whose attainment would fall below the existing interim pre-key stage standards who are also able to engage in subject-specific learning with the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. It is imperative however that any extension of the pre-key stage standards avoids rewriting the p-levels but represents something distinct from them, which is simplified, summative and meaningful.

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