Assessment Update March 2016

The Standards and Testing Agency have recently published some information and guidance for parents of children who are in Year 2 and Year 6 and due to take their national curriculum tests, often known as SATS, this summer. Please see below for the information

STA Information for Parents 2016


Assessment Update  November 2015

National Curriculum 2014

In September 2014, the revised National Curriculum 2014 became statutory. The curriculum sets out programmes of study for key subjects and says what children need to learn and when they should learn it from Year 1 to Year 6. The new curriculum reflects higher expectations and requires raised attainment in all year groups. This information can be found in the ‘curriculum’ section of our school website.

Assessment Without Levels

The use of levels for pupils in all year groups became extinct in July 2015. The government believed that there was too much pressure on schools to push children through levels and attainment targets and, as a result, many children had significant gaps in their learning and were left without the necessary breadth and depth of learning at the level appropriate for their age. The emphasis on the new curriculum, therefore, is that all pupils should secure their knowledge and understanding of the year group they are in and, once achieved, ‘master’ this learning in greater breadth and depth .

Tracking and Reporting Assessment Information

Schools have been allowed the freedom to devise their own systems of monitoring and tracking children’s attainment and progress. As a result of these changes, we have changed the way in which we monitor and record children’s progress towards end of key stage outcomes.

If children are assessed as being at the typical stage of development for their age at a particular time, they will be judged to be on track for the end of year expectations. Some children may be working below or working towards end of year expectations and will have additional support to enable them to close the gap.

Other children may be working above their expected end of year expectations and will access teaching and learning opportunities which will add breadth and depth to their learning.

The stage at which your child is working, the targets set and the next steps in learning will be shared with you on parents’ evening in November and March. This information enables you to have an understanding of where your child is in relation to national expectations and what he or she needs to do next in order to make good progress and achieve the best possible outcomes.

At parents’ evenings, teachers will therefore discuss your child’s attainment and progress in the following terms:

  • Working below age-related expectations
  • Working towards age-related expectations
  • On track to achieve age-related expectations
  • On track to achieve significant breadth and depth within age-related expectations (On track ‘plus’)

At the end of the year, the written report you receive from the teacher will report the following outcomes:

  • Working below age-related expectations
  • Working at age-related expectations
  • Working at age-related expectations with evidence of significant breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding within age-related expectations (age-related expectations ‘plus’)


 End of Key Stage Assessments

From 2016, the results of assessments for children at the end of year 2 and year 6 will be reported in the form of scaled scores. Please see the links below to the Department for   Education for more information.