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Changes to Assessment & Reporting

July 2015        

Dear Parents,                                                             

Re: Changes to Assessment and Reporting in Primary Schools

We no longer have National Curriculum Levels across the school. Years 2 and 6 have been taught under the framework for Statutory Assessment Tests, so they have been assessed using levels for both their progress and attainment. Consequently their school reports will follow the old style format and include details of their results in the standardised tests. This will not apply next year as all pupils will then be on the new curriculum.

We have built our programmes of study around the’ learning objectives’ for each subject  - the key skills and understanding the children need in order to move forwards in this area. These objectives progress through the school increasing in difficulty. They are assessed as the children show evidence of using that knowledge, we are using terms such as ‘emerging’, ‘developing’, ‘secure’ and ‘mastery’.  These are designed to reflect where a child is on their learning journey towards achieving an objective.

Terms explained:

Emerging – means that a child is still working towards the objective and has an insecure grasp of it. More support will need to be given before the child is able to move on. It may be that a child has been unable to fully access this part of learning because they are not yet ready, they are likely to be receiving extra help and parents will already know this.

Developing- this means that the child is showing a more ‘in depth’ understanding of the objective and is extending their skills and although not yet fully proficient is progressing well towards it.

Secure– this shows that the child has reached the level expected for the age group and has a sound understanding of the skills/knowledge required. This is the standard children are expected to reach within each age group.

Mastery – a child who is assessed as showing ‘mastery’ in an area has a detailed, ‘in depth’ understanding /knowledge and is able to transfer this to other situations and problems. This is above the expected standard for their age and indicates a higher level of ability.

In Years 1, 3, 4 & 5 your child’s report has been written to show the pupils’ standard at the end of year in the key areas of Maths, Literacy, Science and PE. You should be able to see clearly their strengths and areas to develop across these core areas covered this year. The other subjects are reported on more generally.  In the new style reports this year we are also including a section on effort giving the children grades for the contribution they make to their own learning. This gives us the opportunity to celebrate the hard work many children put in without relating it to their attainment against national standards. This may also highlight some areas to target too!

Yours sincerely,

 

Louise Mohacsi