Assessment

The way all children in England and Wales are assessed at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 changed in May 2016. As a result of this, the way that we track pupil progress throughout the school also changed. Our Assessment Policy gives useful information about how, what and why we assess.

Update Dec 2015: a page containing answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about assessment can be found here.

KS1 and KS2 assessments

All children in England and Wales sit standard tests (SATs) at the end of KS1 (year 2) and KS2 (year 6). In the past, these resulted in each child being given a national curriculum level. The national standard for expected attainment was level 2b at KS1 and level 4 at KS2.

From May 2016, these levels were placed with a scaled score. The national standard will be represented by a score of 100. Children exceeding the expected standard will receive a score proportionally above 100; those below the standard will receive a score below 100.

For more information, see the SATs page.

Tracking Progress Within Key Stages

We track the progress of every pupil throughout their time at the school. In the past, this has been aligned with national curriculum levels so that we could see each child’s progress towards the national standard. With the removal of levels, this system is no longer appropriate. Additionally, the new national curriculum introduced in September 2014 encourages children to master the skills they have been taught in each year, rather than trying to move ahead to the curriculum for an older year group. This is to encourage greater depth of learning, rather than “teaching to the test”.

There is no national standard for this ongoing tracking of progress, with schools expected to choose and implement their own assessment systems. We have chosen a system that measures whether pupils have made below expected, expected or above expected progress. Those who have made below expected progress are identified and may be given extra support to catch up.  Each child has a separate assessment for reading, writing and maths. Only in exceptional circumstances would that child be assessed out of year group  – the vast majority will be assessed only against the expectations of their year group.

This represents a significant change in the way children are assessed, and we would encourage all parents to read the full assessment policy and the frequently asked questions page for more details.