The DfE decided that there would no longer be any National Curriculum levels and that schools would have to set up their own way of assessing pupils. It is up to schools to implement a system that can: ‘Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school is performing, help drive improvement for pupils and teachers and make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation’. (Assessment Principles: 2014)
Our Assessment System has at its heart Assessment for Learning; this is when teachers assess children’s learning in the classroom and provide feedback and next steps for the child. This type of assessment is happening all day every day in our classrooms. To record, monitor and inform pupil progress for children in Year 1 and above, we use a piece of software called Classroom Monitor. To track pupil’s attainment, Classroom Monitor uses a system of steps. This is based on a carefully considered logical approach to assessment and follows on from the assessment system we have introduced in EYFS.
The year band expectations have been broken down into three steps:
To meet age related expectations, children should reach the Mastered (M) step by the end of the appropriate year. The new national curriculum has set out clear expectations for what children should achieve by the end of each key stage and for English, Maths and Science has provided guidance as to when in each phase this content should be covered. There has been a significant rise in challenge and expectation within the new national curriculum. Parents should bear in mind that the new expected secondary ready standard of attainment (Stage 6 Mastered) at the end of year 6, is comparatively higher than the old expected standard of a level 4c at the end of year 6 and that children are now working towards this new standard
Assessment should have a purpose at every level for everyone involved but for pupils and parents we will ensure pupils receive appropriate feedback on their learning from the formative assessments carried out by class teachers and that parents get a clear and accurate sense of their child’s achievement and progress as well as areas where they can support development. In partnership with you, we strive to support every child’s individual needs and ensure they make good progress at their attainment level.