Mr A Pembleton BEd (Hons) NPQH
'Learning Together to Achieve Forever'

Assessment Without Levels

In September 2015, the new National Curriculum was fully introduced to all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6.  At Wrekin View we prepared for this and our staff have been working very hard to deliver this 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 still awaiting clarification on what the Year 6 test will look like.

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 leadership team we have considered a number of different systems, we have agreed to adopt the Sheffield 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 three age-related steps and associated learning statements that the pupils are assessed against.

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 learning journeys 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. 

If you still have any concerns or questions please speak to myself, Mr O’Malley or your child's class teacher.

If you would like a copy of your child's year group information booklet please do not hesitate in contacting the School Office.

  1. STAT ParentCarer Guide Jan 2016