Middleton teacher to join London panel

Miss Holdsworth with Matthew, Alan and Lizzie.

Miss Holdsworth with Matthew, Alan and Lizzie.

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An East Riding primary school teacher recently received a very special invitation.

Debbie Holdsworth from Middleton on the Wolds Primary school was selected to join the Department for Education’s National Curriculum Test Development Panel in London.

Miss Holdsworth, who teaches children in Years one and two at the school, was very pleased to have been chosen for the three day meeting.

The teacher said: “It has been a wonderful opportunity to be able to learn from colleagues from right across the country. I feel I now have a deeper understanding of the new primary curriculum and how it is assessed.

“The process of test development is incredibly complex and people don’t necessarily appreciate how much work goes into getting a test ready for the children.”

The Standards and Testing Agency is currently developing KS1 Grammar punctuation and spelling tests for use in 2016.

Executive Headteacher of Middleton on the Wolds Primary, Steve Woodhouse, said: “It is so important for the DfE to gain advice and support from expert teachers who are still in the classroom. Debbie is an excellent practitioner and I am pleased she has been given the opportunity to shape the future of national assessments.”

The Standards and Testing Agency (STA), an executive agency of the Department for Education, is now responsible for the development and delivery of all statutory assessments from early years to the end of key stage three.

This work was previously carried out by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, which ceased its final remaining functions in March 2012.

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