Based at Bath Spa’s Institute for Education, the TAPS project aims to develop support for valid, reliable and manageable teacher assessment.

The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project is funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and based at Bath Spa University’s Institute for Education. It aims to develop support for valid, reliable and manageable teacher assessment, which can have a positive impact on children’s learning.

Outputs, outcomes, impact

The TAPS team developed a pyramid-shaped school self-evaluation tool (final version March 2015, online interactive pdf August 2015, now available at the new PSTT website). At April 2016, there have been 2300 downloads of the interactive pdf, 30 training events attended by:

  • 1800 teachers and trainees;
  • 4000 TAPS booklets handed out.

Funding sources

TAPS has received £136,000 from the Primary Science Teaching Trust for the first 3 years. We are currently discussing funding for next 3 years.

In detail

TAPS aims to develop an approach to teacher assessment in science that meets the requirements of the national curriculum in England, and to define ‘best practice’ across the UK.

We are working with local project schools and Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) schools across the UK, together with drawing upon previous projects (Improving Science Together) and the Primary Science Teacher College.

We aim to develop support for a valid, reliable and manageable system of science assessment which will have a positive impact on children’s learning.

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