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Assessment without Levels Guides and information

This year sees a considerable change in how attainment is reported. The New National Curriculum requires that schools no longer use the level system that has been in place, and with which most parents are familiar with. Children are now assessed against a clear set of age expectations and each school has been required to develop its own system of assessment.

For 2016 Year children will be teacher assessed against criteria set out in The Interim assessment Framework. This is reproduced below for parent's information. Year 6 children have also been tested in Reading, Maths and Spelling and Grammar, with these tests producing a result that will be reported to parents. The tests examined the standards achieved against the newer heightened expectations of the New national Curriculum.


The school report sent to parents this year will report on attainment using the terms:


Working towards age related expectations for those children below age expectation;

Working at age related expectations for those children who are meeting age expectation;

Working above age related expectations for those children who are very secure and are working at greater depth.


Parents should be aware that the new assessment framework would expect more able children to be working at greater depth within their expected age band, rather than working at a higher age expectation. This differs from the previous assessment system of levels.