National Changes to Assessment
From September this year, children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will no longer be assessed against the old National Curriculum levels that parents and carers will have been familiar with. In line with the New National Curriculum and raised expectations, children will be assessed in a new way. St Peter and St Paul staff are teaching from the New National Curriculum and covering all requirements for the specific year groups to ensure children meet the ‘End of Year Expectations’. The End of Year Expectations state the minimum requirements a learner must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the year in line with age expected standards.
Learners are assessed against each area in terms of whether, at each stage, they are:
Working Towards: Yet to be secure in the end of year expectations
Expected: Secure in the majority of the end of year expectations.
Exceeding: Secure in almost all or all the end of year expectations and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently.
The New Curriculum focuses very much on ensuring children have a breadth of understanding within the concepts and skills they learn. The application of skills and understanding across a wide range of curriculum areas is key. Rather than moving ‘up’ the stages, the focus is on moving ‘outwards’ developing a deeper understanding.
The biggest difference is how we will talk to you about how your child is progressing during the year. With the old National Curriculum levels, each year children were given a levelled target for the end of the year, and during the year we would tell you what National Curriculum level your child was at.
During the year, when we have conversations with you about your child’s progress you won’t be given an actual definitive position of where they are on this scale. Instead you will be told what your child is able to do and any areas for their improvement. You will also be told whether your child is on track for meeting their end of year target.