Press Release - Computing leadership in post levels progress measures - 6th June 2014

Please see the latest press release from Naace below.

Press Release

Available for immediate release on 6th June 2014

Computing leadership in post levels progress measures

In the second half of May over 400 secondary schools signed up to a baseline testing and progress project in Computing led by NAACE and members of the Mirandanet and CAS communities. More are joining daily. Computing is a new subject in the National Curriculum starting in September and this presents a unique research opportunity to education. We can measure what pupils bring before formal teaching and investigate what impact teaching has over time. Mark Chambers, CEO of NAACE said "We will be able to provide schools with a quick and easy method of placing any pupil in the cohort on the basis of their current knowledge and understanding." The project will be officially launched at the ASCL leadership conference 11th-13th June.

Participation is free and there are options to support more detailed formative assessment using criteria matching based on the new Computing Programme of Study. This keeps the best aspects of a national strategy while removing almost all administrative overhead through the use of cloud based technologies. 

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Chambers, CEO Naace on or Ian Lynch, Chief Executive and Chief Assessor at The Learning Machine Ltd on

The Google group where people can sign up for free can be found at:!forum/key-stage-3-baseline and more information about the new standards is at:

Notes for Editors

Naace is the National Association for all who are working to take education to the next level of pupil achievement. Schools that are properly capitalising on computer technology and the Internet offer their pupils a curriculum and learning experiences that are not possible without technology, which is the key enabler. This includes the Computing curriculum but is much wider, involving the use of technology to transform pedagogy and learning interactions across the whole school.  We are a community of schools, teachers and all those who work in schools and members of the Education Technology industry, who all share a vision for the role of technology in improving and transforming learning and teaching.

As a professional association, we represent the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector at a national and international level, as well as supporting one another across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection. We play a key role in members’ professional development, through the challenge and support of a community of practice.

As a charity we aid the development of the profession as a whole and all schools, through the sharing of innovation and expertise, including provision of a range of school improvement tools such as the Self Review Framework and ICT Mark, the 3rd Millennium Learning Award toolbox and online professional development courses through the CPD4Free service.

TLM is an Awarding Body Accredited by Ofqual and Dells, the regulators for qualifications in England Wales. TLM is endorsed by eskills, the Sector Skills Council for Business and IT that ensures qualifications meet the needs of industry and employers. other supporters include Mott MacDonald, RICS, Seddon Construction, Open Source Consortium, NAACE, Mirandanet and the European Commission.

Press Release - Computing leadership in post levels progress measures - 6th June 2014
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