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The Education (National Curriculum) (Key Stage 1 Assessment Arrangements) (England) Order 2003

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Verification of assessments

6.—(1) The local education authority (referred to in this article as “the verification authority”) shall make provision for the verification of standard task assessments in respect of the schools which they maintain.

(2) The verifying authority shall exercise the functions conferred by this article in relation to each of English and mathematics and–

(a)subject to paragraph (3), in any school year in relation to at least 25% of all relevant schools;

(b)in each school year, in relation to those schools in relation to which verification took place in the last preceding school year and in the opinion of the verifying authority, having regard to the results of that verification, a further verification should be made.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a),

(a)verifications carried out pursuant to paragraph (2)(b) shall not count towards the 25% minimum;

(b)the verifying authority shall so exercise its functions as to secure that in any period of four years verifications have been completed in relation to all relevant schools.

(4) For the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3), “relevant schools” are all the schools maintained by the verifying authority.

(5) On a request by the verifying authority, the head teacher shall provide them with the results of standard task assessments of such number or proportion of pupils, and in such subjects or attainment targets in subjects as they may require, together with the supporting material referred to in paragraph (6) to enable the verifying authority to verify the assessments.

(6) The supporting material consists of the pupil’s written response to the standard tasks and such further material as the verifying authority may reasonably require.

(7) If after verification the verifying authority consider that the results of the standard task assessments are accurate, they shall so notify the head teacher, and the attainment levels of all pupils at the school determined by standard task assessments (whether or not verified) shall be the levels for the subject in question.

(8) If after verification the verifying authority consider that any of the results of the standard task assessments are inaccurate, they shall so notify the head teacher and, if the verifying authority so request, the head teacher shall as soon as practicable–

(a)arrange for the results considered to be inaccurate, together with such other results as that authority may request, to be reconsidered by the teachers concerned and subsequently submitted to the verifying authority for verification; and

(b)provide the verifying authority with the results of the standard task assessments of all other pupils in the subject in question which have not been verified, together with the supporting material referred to in paragraph (6) for verification.

(9) Where any level of attainment determined by the verifying authority differs from the level determined by a standard task assessment, the level determined by the authority after verification shall be the level of attainment.

(10) It shall be the duty of the head teacher and the governing body—

(a)to permit the verifying authority to enter the premises of the school at all reasonable times in order to observe the implementation of the arrangements specified by this Order;

(b)to permit the verifying authority to inspect and take copies of documents and other articles relating to standard task assessment; and

(c)to provide to the verifying authority such information relating to assessment as they may reasonably request.

(11) For the purpose of exercising their functions under this article the verifying authority shall appoint such competent persons as they think fit.

(12) A person is not competent for the purposes of paragraph (11) unless he has recent experience of the provision of the National Curriculum in primary schools.

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