The Government has made huge changes to how your child’s progress and attainment is assessed and this is to tie in with the New Curriculum which was introduced in 2014 for some year groups and for all year groups in September 2015. Here are the key changes and information on how your child’s progress and attainment will be tracked at Husthwaite CE 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 set up their own way of assessing pupils. 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 subdivided into levels but these were not linked to their national curriculum year group.
What is new?
The new national curriculum has more content and is pitched higher. The old ‘levels’ will no longer be used and the curriculum now gives Age Related Expectations for each year group. Bands will replace levels to reference attainment with each bands relating to each year group.
How we will assess at Husthwaite CE Primary School
Here are the new ‘bands’ we will be working with.
Children will be recorded on the system using the following key against Age Related Expectations:
B – Below (the age range the children are working in is recorded)
B – Beginning
W1 – Working towards achieving 25% of objectives
W2 – Working towards achieving 50% of objectives
W3 – Working towards achieving 75% of objectives
A – At achieving 95-100% of objectives
M – Mastery using the objectives in a range of ways to show in-depth understanding
E – Exceeding and dipping into the next year’s objectives
Very few children will be exceeding by the end of the year as mastery takes many forms
The majority of children will start each year as ‘Beginning’ as new objectives are introduced
Under the old levels system children who were exceeding age related expectations may have moved into the next curriculum level. The DfE now want children who are in the mastering bracket to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge, and to have more opportunities to develop their using and applying skills and apply what they have learnt to a wide range of curriculum areas and problem solving situations. This is to ensure that children have a greater depth of knowledge. Guidance suggests that children should not be accelerated onto the following year’s Age Related Expectations unless under exceptional circumstances.
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