Assessing Without Levels

Assessment levels – how do you know how your child is progressing?

The Government removed the former national curriculum assessment levels (3c, 3b, etc) because the new curriculum (2014) has much higher standards and expectations. However no new levels for assessment have been introduced nationally.

We are therefore in a 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 and along with the other Canterbury schools that we work with (EduCant), we have agreed to adopt a system developed by a large group of schools in the Shepway district. This system is also being adopted by the schools in Whitstable and Herne Bay. 

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 six age-related steps and associated learning statements that the pupils are assessed against.

What does this mean for you?

We will share with you the step that your child is currently working on through the reports written by class teachers. These will also be 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.  

To help you at home, all of the steps are avaialble to download using the tabs on the right hand side.