Assessment of pupils from the 2015-2016 School Year onwards
You may have seen in the media reports of changes to how children are being assessed this year. These changes are national and are as a result of the new National Curriculum being introduced in September 2014. When introducing the new curriculum and associated assessments the Government significantly raised academic expectations, meaning that pupils and schools would have to work even harder to meet expected standards of progress and attainment.
Levels have gone!
The new assessment system removes the now familiar levels e.g.2A, 3C, 3B, 3A, 4C etc.
Children are now taught and assessed through a ‘Banding System’ which relates to age related expectations. The number of the band corresponds to the age related expectation for the Year group being taught and assessed.
It is important to remember that not all children will be working at age related expectations and therefore may be working towards statements on bands below that which correlates to their year group. This may include children with special educational needs, medical needs, high rates of absence etc. We must always remember that each child is unique and has individual needs and children do not mature and gain understanding of learning at exactly the same time!
A child will only be assessed on the next band once they have achieved all of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for their current band. Instead of the old system of levels which were split into C, B and A the children’s progress and teacher assessments on reports for Years 1,3,4,5 will show whether a child is:
- Working below expected age attainment range
- Working within expected age attainment range
- Working within upper expected age attainment range
- Working above expected age attainment range.
The expectation for each band can be accessed through our website with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) highlighted.
SATS – Years 2 and 6
Children in Years 2 and 6 will continue to be assessed through Statutory Assessments Tests (SATs) and test scores will be reported as ‘scaled scores’. A child who achieves the score of 100 will have achieved the expected standard for their age. Detailed information for parents was delivered at two recent parents meetings of children in Years 2 and 6 and is also available below.
This is the first year of the new assessment system which means that comparisons cannot easily be made between previous year’s assessments made in levels. The changes will be affecting all schools in the country and it is widely expected that it will take time to embed the new curriculum and its assessment procedures. The government has set an expectation for 65%-85% of pupils to achieve the expected, age related standard.
The changes will be particularly challenging for older children as they will have spent less time working on the new curriculum with its raised expectations. Rest assured as always the staff are working very hard to ensure that all children do the best they can.
For pupils in Early Years there have been no changes to the procedures for end of year assessment and children will continue to be assessed against whether they have achieved a ‘good level of development’ (GLD). Nationally the percentage for GLD in 2015 was 66% (our school level was 75%).
Phonics Screening- Year 1
Children in Year 1 will continue to complete the phonics screening check in the summer term as they have in previous years.
As always we ask all parents to continuously support their children’s learning E.g. by helping them with homework including reading regularly, learning maths facts, playing games, learning spellings etc. Punctual and regular attendance is also crucial or children risk missing vital learning, which can be hard to make up.
If you have any concerns or need further information please ask staff at open evenings.