From September 2014, the system for assessing the attainment and progress of children in KS1 and KS2 changed and children will no longer be assessed using ‘Levels’.

In school we have traditionally reported to you your child’s attainment in Maths and English as being low, secure or high within a certain Level and we have done that at the end of each term. We have also discussed their rate of progress in relation to the number of sub-levels they have moved. Nationally, this has now changed as the government felt that schools should have greater autonomy in deciding how they assess pupil achievement, and that the Levels system had become outdated and was no longer fit for purpose. It was also felt that parents did not feel that Levels were clear enough in explaining their child’s attainment and progress.

This is certainly a challenge but as a school we will be using our own systems against National age-expectations for the purposes of target setting, reporting, assessing and recording. While we will hold meetings each year to explain this approach to parents, we will give an overview here of what this approach looks like. We have also provided links to key documents. Please do come in and see us if you have specific questions that we can help you with.

Over time, teachers will be able to see which objectives a child has achieved in relation to the end of year expectations. We can then report to parents, at the end of the year, if their child is Working Towards, Achieving or Exceeding end of year expectations. Teachers will also be able to discuss objectives met and targets for the future.

Children will be making expected progress if they move from the previous years objectives to working towards current year objectives to making expected progress and more than expected progress. Where a child is Working Towards or Exceeding end of year expectations, teachers will explain to parents if the progress that is being made is that which is expected, or if it has stalled of declined.