St. Paul’s CE Primary School
Assessing without levels
Information for Parents
Information taken from the ‘Information Sharing Workshops’ for parents held at school in October 2014.
There have been many changes that schools have had to implement from September 2014:
A whole new National Curriculum
The removal of levels to assess the attainment and progress of pupils on the national curriculum
A new SEND code of practice
Our pledge is to keep parents well informed about:
the changes to the national curriculum
about how our school is assessing and tracking our pupils now that national curriculum levels have been abolished
Most importantly for us, is that over the next 12 months we develop new ways to keep parents informed about how well their child is doing at school
However...Y2 and Y6 will remain on the old National Curriculum and will still be assessed using National Curriculum Levels this year as the new SATs tests don’t come into force until 2016!!!!!!!!
Our new assessment system will now be based on a series of year group expectations in reading, writing, maths and science. Your children will be teacher assessed throughout the year as to how well they are learning against the set of expectations for their year group. For each subject it is clearly outlined what has to be met in order for a learner to be ‘meeting’ the expected standard for their year group.
So if a child meets all the statements by the end of the year then they are at the expected level for their age group. If they don’t meet ALL the statements then they are said to be emerging or working towards the expected level.
There are also a set of statements for our most able children who may meet all the expected statements part way through the year. These are the exceeding statements.
To share targets with pupils in the classroom I have designed a “Passport to Learning” for pupils so that they can see what their next targets are and they can see the progress they are making through the statements. These targets directly link to the assessment sheets that the teachers have. Within these booklets are the end of year expected progress statements for reading, writing, spoken language, maths and science.
Alongside this I am currently in the middle of producing a “Learning Target Booklet” for parents which gives all the expected statements for a specific cohort in reading, writing, spoken language, maths and science.
These end of year expectation booklets will be given out to parents and discussed at parents evening. The passports to learning will remain in school for the children to work on througfhout the year.
Summary of the changes here at St. Paul’s:
Staff will not speak about your child’s national curriculum level in Mathematics, Reading, Writing
and Science (unless in Y2 & Y6 this year)
Staff will talk about your child’s progress in meeting the year group targets/expectations in Mathematics,
Reading, Writing and Science
Pupils from Y1 – Y6 will have a “Passport to Learning” to track their progress through the
statements over the year
Parents will receive a “Learning Target Booklet” at Parents Evening and will be able to discuss
what their child needs to do to help them with their learning
We are at the beginning of this journey of drastic change.
We think that we have come a long way already with our proposals.
We have as many questions to ask as our parents probably do.
We are developing a plan across the year to look at how we can use targets for SEN pupils.
We are committed to sharing the progress and achievements of your children with you.
Thank you for your continuing support
Mrs J Rowley
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