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Reform researcher Amy Finch wrote an article for The TES on how “scrapping levels has not unleashed freedom for schools to innovate…yet”
“Some may consider the commission on assessment to be an admission by the coalition that schools are struggling without levels. Yet it takes time for schools to use newly gained autonomy to innovate. It is the job of government to set the framework for this innovation to take place.
The framework for the commission will therefore be of vital importance to the future of pupil assessment. While the underlying intention is to speed up innovation, there is a risk of creating more central prescription. The commission should be careful to strike the right balance if it is to get the best from its schools.”