There is a lot happening at Assessment360 at the moment so I thought it might be useful to give a summary of these changes.
The Assessment Foundation is now called Assessment360
We’re not very good at being idle here at Assessment360, and despite a worldwide pandemic and all the challenges that brings, we have spent the past few years doing what we do best – assessing.
However, this time we’ve been assessing the systems we offer to schools, and how they fit in with the way education practices are currently evolving. Having worked with schools across the United Kingdom on different projects over the years, we understand that the pupil is very much at the centre of their learning, and assessment is more than just looking at academic achievement.
This has resulted in the development of the ‘360 suite of assessment systems’ that are specifically tailored to each country in the United Kingdom. We thought that this fundamental change in our systems and approach should be reflected in the company name too, so we are now called Assessment360.
Incerts is being replaced by Taith360 in Wales
It is an exciting, yet daunting time for schools across Wales as they transition towards the new Curriculum for Wales which becomes statutory for primary schools from September 2022.
For the past 16 years, Incerts has been used by the large majority of Welsh Primary Schools to assess and track progress of their pupils. Nevertheless, the new curriculum calls for a new approach to assessment, tracking and planning and we realised that Incerts would no longer support schools in the way it had previously. Therefore, we have developed Taith360 specifically with the new curriculum and its requirements in mind. Please see the Curriculum2022 section of our website for further information on this.
We felt that the best way to help schools prepare for the new curriculum was to make Taith360 available to all schools during this transitionary period. This way, schools could start getting used to the system whilst also becoming more familiar with the curriculum. Any schools currently using Incerts for assessment, analysis and reports would be able to continue doing so at the same time as exploring Taith360 too:
To be clear, Taith360 is its own system and there are no links with Incerts. If a school currently uses Incerts, you will still be able to continue using it as normal this academic year. From September 2022, Taith360 will replace Incerts and be the exclusive system we offer schools in Wales for assessment, tracking and planning.
We are welcoming Secondary schools on board
As mentioned previously, for primary schools, roll-out will commence in September 2022. Secondary schools who wish to roll out the curriculum to Year 7 are encouraged to do so, but this will not be mandatory until 2023, with roll-out to Years 7 and 8 together:
(image from: https://hwb.gov.wales/curriculum-for-wales/curriculum-for-wales-the-journey-to-curriculum-roll-out)
Therefore, we have developed Taith360 with secondary schools in mind too and we are really pleased to be welcoming secondary schools to the Assessment360 family. By having secondary schools on board, pupils will be able to move up with their assessments, meaning that their new teachers will have a valuable insight into them as a pupil while also having their specific next steps just a couple of clicks away.
What’s NOT changing
Despite the changes listed above, we are fundamentally still the same company with the same principles, to develop innovative online tools that use formative assessment to give every child a transformational learning experience and reduce teachers non-teaching workload.
We also have the same skilled support team who are available to help so if there is ever anything you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Chief Operating Officer, Assessment360