The new National Curriculum does not have Levels anymore. As a school we will be assessing the children against age related expectations i.e. the year group a child is in.
All children in Years One to Six will be assessed in reading, writing and maths. Reception follow the Early Learning Goals (Birth to Five Framework).
We report to parents, at the end of the year, if their child is Working Towards, Working Within, Achieving or Exceeding end of year expectations. This is shared with parents at our parents' evenings.
Each half term children are tested using our Assertive Mentoring programme. The tests are analysed and these inform teachers' planning for the next half term - we teach what the children do not know yet!
In your child’s end of year report in July we will report reading, writing and maths attainment against the year group expectations:
The aim is for a child to be working at the expected standard e.g. a Year Four child should be working at the expected standard for Year Four.
Please note that the new curriculum is much more challenging – about 8 months ahead – and, at this stage, very few children will be working at greater depth. Currently we expect children to be 'working within', rather than 'working at'. This will improve year on year.
New SATs tests will be used from 2016 onwards. A scaled score will be used instead – from 69 to 141, with 100 being the ‘expectation’. This will correlate to the 'achieved' expectation in the school. The Standard Age Score (SAS) is what we are already using to report to parents through our standardised testing that takes place in February/March. We use Cognitive Ability Tests in Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative (Numerical) and Spatial Reasoning. In addition, we use a Reading standardised test.