Assessing without Levels
As part of the reforms to the National Curriculum, school no longer uses levels to report pupil attainment and progress .
This is to give greater flexibility in the way that teachers plan and assess pupils’ learning.
The programmes of study within the National Curriculum set out expectations at the end of each key stage, and all maintained schools are free to develop a curriculum relevant to their pupils that teaches this content.
The curriculum must include an assessment system which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and to report regularly to parents.
This year Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 tests in English, mathematics and science reported whether a pupil was working at national standard or at greater depth.
As a school, we have developed a comprehensive framework that is supported by a range of schemes of work we have in school for Comprehension in reading, Handwriting, Spelling, Grammar and Genre Guides in writing and Calculation and Shape in mathematics. We are please with the success of this as teacher assessments at the end of Key Stage 2 matched well with pupil test results. Please see that attached leaflet for parents.
Standardised assessment are used throughout the year to support teacher judgement, these are PIRA tests for reading and PUMA tests for mathematics. These tests reflect the National Curriculum.