Over the past two years, the Senior Leadership team , have developed a new assessment and reporting system. This is in response to the removal of national curriculum levels by the DFE:
“As part of our reforms to the national curriculum, the current system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress will be removed from September 2014 and will not be replaced. By removing levels we will allow teachers greater flexibility in the way that they plan and assess pupils’ learning.
The programmes of study within the new National Curriculum (NC) set out expectations at the end of each key stage, and all maintained schools will be 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.”
We have developed a system based around the popular ” Learning Ladders” approach for reading and writing, and using the Key Performance Indicators developed by the National Association of Headteachers. Pupils are assessed, and assess themselves, for the depth at which these fundamentals of knowledge, skills and understanding have been developed. The rationale for the changes to the levels system is explained here:
The ladders for each year group in reading, writing and mathematics can be found here: