Why is the way we assess changing?
From September 2015 how schools assess children’s progress and attainment is changing. The New Curriculum requires that schools no longer use the ‘Level’ system.
What is it all about?
The Government has changed how children are assessed at Primary School, to set higher standards for education. The changes are for children in Years 1-6, that are taught the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum has also changed and is now more challenging.
The National Curriculum has changed and with it the way all schools track attainment and progress. Children will now be assessed using age-related expectations instead of National Curriculum levels.
Previously, if you have had a child in school, teachers will have given you a Level to represent your child’s attainment. For example ‘2C’. The number gave the level and the letter denoted steps within that level. So 2C would be a child just entering Level 2, and 2A a child who was secure in the level and ready to move on to level 3.
Because of the way old curriculum worked the numbers did not automatically represent the year group a child would be in.
The new National Curriculum has been written to give 'Age Related Expectations' (ARE) for the end of each year. As children travel from Year 1 to Year 2 in our school, they will be tracked against these Age Related Expectations. At St Mary's Farnham Royal these are numbered bands.
Why change things?
“The new assessment and accountability system for primary schools will set a higher bar. With the continued improvement in teaching and the sharper focus of the new curriculum, results should rise.”
Department for Education March 2014
What will we assess?
Using the National Curriculum subject statements teachers assess children continuously in reading, writing, maths and science just like we used to.
For example, all children have daily guided reading, writing and maths sessions and the teacher will make judgements against the subject statements each week.