In September 2014, the Government introduced a new National Curriculum, known as National Curriculum 2014 and this is now fully implemented in school. This means that children are no longer assessed against 'levels'. Levels have been replaced with bands: with a different band for each year group.
It is also now up to each school to decide how and when they will measure progress in each of the bands, therefore you may find that how we monitor the children's progress is different to other schools you are familiar with. Rest assured, however, that we regular meet our colleagues in other settings to share our judgements with a view to ensuring accuracy and consistency.
The Commission for Assessment without Levels is very clear that learning should be built on prior knowledge and that children should not 'race' through the curriculum. We see this as a positive move as children are encouraged to develop a 'depth' to their learning with the emphasis on applying what they know in a range of subjects and contexts: this is known as 'mastery' of a skill or knowledge. For example, can they apply what they have learned in maths on data collection , or write a clearly structed explanation text in a science lesson? Only children with a greater depth of learning will be able to access the more complex end of key stage assessments (Y2 and Y6)to attain higher marks in the 2016 tests.
However, teacher assessment takes place all the time -through daily working, listening to children, talking about what they can do and observing them in their day to day learning. Teachers use this to make a judgement about where the children are working against their particular age band. Children may be working towards, working at, or working beyond the expectation for their age and we will keep you updated throughout the year as to how your child is progressing. Alternatively, contact us anytime to find out how your child is doing.
This page has links to documents that show what children need to achieve for each age band. The highlighted statements show knowledge and skills that are crucial to grasp in full before moving to the next band. We refer to these as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
We hope you find them useful in supporting your child at home. If you have any further questions, please speak to your child's class teacher, or the Head of Learning.