Press Release

Expert guides help teachers get to grips with primary curriculum change

19 September 2013

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has launched two suites of practical guides to bring teachers quickly up to speed with the new primary National Curriculum. The guides are designed to help teachers understand the impact of the changes on lesson plans and assessments, and how to make these work within the tight constraints of schools’ budgets.

Practical Guides to the 2014 National Curriculum is a set of guides to help teachers quickly review the new primary programmes of study. Developed by NFER experts experienced in working with national curriculum frameworks, three of the volumes cover the core subjects, and the fourth covers the new approach to measurement. Each of the three core subject guides:

Practical Guides to Assessing Writing at key stage 2 provide guidance to help teachers reliably assess any writing task, with particular emphasis on grammar. There is no need for schools to buy new tasks and mark schemes – these guides will help teachers work with the new curriculum while still using the resources in use in school, saving time and money.

They will:

There are separate guides for lower and upper key stage 2 and each guide covers two text types. The paired text types will help teachers target compositional features particular to specific text types whilst strategically assessing grammatical features across different types of writing.

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Contact information
Sarah Fleming, NFER Media & Communications Officer: 01753 637155;
Jane Parrack, NFER Marketing & Communications Manager: 01753 637245;

Note to editors
The guides have been developed by researchers in NFER’s Centre for Assessment. This team has extensive experience in assessment both in classroom practice and in the development of large scale assessments including those used nationally at key stages 1 and 2.

About NFER
NFER is the UK’s largest independent provider of research, assessment and information services for education, training and children’s services.