Assessment for 2015-16
The Government has made huge changes to how your child’s progress and attainment is measured and assessed so that it ties in with the new National Curriculum, which was introduced in 2014 for some year groups and all year groups in September 2015. All schools throughout the country have had to create their own methods and ways of assessing and tracking children’s progress. Here are the key changes and information on how your child’s progress and attainment is tracked at Linton-on-Ouse Primary School.
What has changed?
The DfE announced last year that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels and schools would be allowed to establish their own way of assessing pupils and recording their progress. The DfE did this as they wanted to avoid what has been termed ‘The Level Race’ where children were moved through the old National Curriculum levels quickly to achieve higher attainment. The old National Curriculum was sub-divided into levels but they were not directly linked to a particular year group.
What is new?
The new National Curriculum has more content and is pitched much higher. The old ‘levels’ are no longer used and the curriculum now gives ‘Age Related Expectations’ for each year group. Booklets explaining the content of these are provided at each Parents’ Evening.
How we assess at Linton-on-Ouse
We will use the following terms to describe where your child is on their learning journey; ‘Beginning’ to work towards his/her age related expectations, ‘At’ age related expectations, ‘Exceeding’ age related expectations.
B – is where a child is beginning to work towards the age related expectations and is not yet secure in them
A – is where a child is secure in the majority of the age related expectations
E – is where a child has mastered all the age related expectations, is able to use and apply all their knowledge and skills confidently and is already working towards the next band. E++ (mastery) will only be given in exceptional cases.
Mastery of ARE (Age Related Expectations) are very rigorous and it will only be pupils of exceptional ability that will achieve this standard.
The expectation is that the children will reach their age related expectation by the end of each academic year.