Exploring teachers views about assessment - what is assessment? - why do we do it? who is it for?; assessment, testing and the national curriculum; two steps backwards, one step forwards? - the implications of testing and assessment for the primary school; strategies for assessment - observation; other ways in - a research based approach to assessment; recording and reporting assessments; towards a policy for assessment; case studies of assessment in action. Appendix A - structuring observations. Appendix B - statements on assessment.