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Assessment Without Levels

Information for Parents

The way in which we assess your child’s academic progress at Carlton is changing this year.  It is important that we keep you up to date with these changes so that we can work closely with you to make sure every child continues to meet their full potential.

In September 2014, we began teaching your child a brand new National Curriculum as prescribed by the Department for Education. The Government has now decided that we should no longer continue using the current method of assessment which was a series of descriptors and levels.  This means that the levels that you are used to discussing with your child’s teacher (2b, 2a, 3c etc) will no longer exist.

The Government has given schools the freedom to develop their own unique methods of assessment.  The new methods will focus more on assessing the children in terms of their age and in terms of the higher expectations of the New National Curriculum.  Teachers will now focus on making sure children have a deep level of understanding before moving them on to the next step in their learning.  We will also be able to give parents a more detailed and in depth analysis of what the next steps are in order to continue to make good progress.

Foundation Stage

Children in Foundation Stage will continue to be assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP for short). This consists of a collection of detailed criteria to measure the progress towards a set of Early Learning Goals.  At the end of Upper Foundation (Reception) these are reported as Emerging, Expected or Exceeding the Early Learning Goals in each area.

Years 1-6

These children will now be assessed in the same way that we have always taught our children at Carlton, in a series of three Key Phases.  For each Key Phase there will be a Milestone that all children will be working towards.  Children will spend two years in each Key Phase and will be assessed against a set of criteria that measures their level of understanding of the objectives within their Milestone.  In each of the three Key Phases, teachers will judge if they are Beginning to understand, have an Advancing level of understanding or have a Deep level of understanding.  Teachers will also be able to subdivide each of these levels of understanding making a total of six steps across each Key Phase.

All children will be taught and assessed at the level that is appropriate to them.  It is likely that a small number of children in each Key Phase may be performing at a level above that of their expected age; these children may well be assessed against the criteria from the next milestone up.  Likewise, there will be a number of children working at a level lower than would be expected for their age; these children would be assessed against the next milestone down.

Your child’s teacher will be able to share their level of understanding with you at each parental consultation and this will also be included in their year-end report so that you can track and monitor their progress.  Good progress would be to make three steps of progress in any given year.

Key Phase

Milestone

Level of Understanding

Years 5 and 6

Milestone 3

Deep 2

Deep 1

Advancing 2

Advancing 1

Beginning 2

Beginning 1

Years 3 and 4

Milestone 2

Deep 2

Deep 1

Advancing 2

Advancing 1

Beginning 2

Beginning 1

Years 1 and 2

Milestone 1

Deep 2

Deep 1

Advancing 2

Advancing 1

Beginning 2

Beginning 1

Foundation Stage

Early Learning Goals

Exceeding

Expected

Emerging