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Assessment without Levels

Assessment without Levels
George Mitchell Primary Phase

In September 2015, the new National Curriculum was fully introduced to all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6.  At George Mitchell Primary Phase we prepared for this and our staff have been working very hard to deliver our new curriculum, meeting the requirements of the new challenge, knowledge and skills expected of the children.

Assessment levels – how do you know how your child is progressing?

This academic year the Government removed the former national curriculum assessment levels (3c, 3b, etc) because the new curriculum has much higher standards and expectations.  No new levels for assessment have been introduced nationally, but instead children are working with year group expectations.

From September 2015 all pupils have been taught and will be assessed against the new National Curriculum skills with pupils in Year 6 still being tested in May 2016.

We are therefore in a new era of ‘assessing without levels’.  There is now no national requirement from the government in how schools should assess and record progress.  It is therefore up to each school to develop its own system.  As a Senior Leadership Team, we have considered a number of different systems; we have agreed to use SIMS assessment system.

This assessment format allows the teachers to assess the pupils’ learning against a variety of progressive statements called steps.  For each year group there are four steps and associated learning statements that the pupils are assessed against.

We are aiming to ensure that all children are SECURE in all of the End of year Expectations at the end of the child’s academic year.

These are the steps of assessments against the end of year expectations

Emerging— yet to be secure in the end of year expectations

Developing—secure in the majority of the end of year expectations

Secure—secure in almost all or all the end of year expectations and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently

Mastered – Has achieved all objectives and is now being challenged and extended to deepen and broaden skills and knowledge 

What does this mean for you?

Rather than sharing the old levels, we will share with you the stage that your child is currently working on and whether they are on track to reach their end of year expectation.  These steps will be recorded in the books and discussed at parent consultations.  Under the new National Curriculum, children must only work on the objectives for their year group and cannot be taught skills from a higher year group.  For those pupils who have reached their end of year expectations, the teachers will provide a range of learning opportunities that offer a greater depth and breadth of understanding specific to their year group.

End of Year Expectations

Year 1 end of year expectations
Year 2 end of year expectations
Year 3 end of year expectations
Year 4 end of year expectations
Year 5 end of year expectations
Year 6 end of year expectations