Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”

Assessment without levels 

You may have already heard the phrase ‘Assessment without levels’ but may not understand what it actually means.  Hopefully this page will explain what it means at Thorney Close Primary School.

In September 2014 a new National Curriculum was introduced by the government, with significantly raised expectations of what children should know and be able to do within each year group.  There is also more of an emphasis on broadening the children’s knowledge rather than simply working their way up.  The government also decided to stop using the levels, for example 2C, 2B, 2A.  Therefore, we are now tracking progress without levels.  All schools are responsible for developing their own ongoing assessment system for tracking the progress of all children in the school.  The new curriculum is set out in year groups and for each year group there is a series of statements that all teachers must teach and all children must learn.

At Thorney Close Primary School our new assessment system is directly linked to the year group objectives.  When assessing all children we are now using the terms emerging, developing, expected and mastery.  You will already have begun to hear these terms being used, for example at parent’s night, along with the phrase ‘age related expectations’.  As the year progresses, it is expected that the children’s knowledge and understanding of the curriculum will increase and they will move to expected.  By the end of the year most children will be assessed as ‘expected’ and some may be assessed as exceeding age related expectations.  Our tracking system is updated every half term for Years 1-6 and every term for the Foundation Stage.  We use teacher assessments, tests, marking of children’s work etc when inputting data into the assessment system.

The following symbols are used in our tracking system:

–             Working at an emerging level

=             Developing

+             Expected

M           Exceeding (mastery)

Reception Children

In addition to the whole school tracker, children in Reception will complete an assessment task within the first six weeks to assess each individual’s starting point (this is known as baseline assessment).  This will then be completed again at the end of the Reception year. They will also be assessed on the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.

End of Year 1

In addition to the whole school tracker, children in Year 1 will also take the Phonics Screening Test. (introduced in 2013)

End of Year 2

In addition to the whole school tracking system, children in year 2 will be assessed towards the end of the year in Reading, Maths, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, using externally set government tests. The tests will be marked internally by the teacher. The children are also teacher assessed for their writing.

End of Year 6

In addition to the whole school tracking system, the children will also complete the National Tests, in May (SATs) They are tested on Maths, Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. These tests are externally marked. The children are also teacher assessed for their writing.

If you have any questions regarding Assessment Without Levels please ask your child’s class teacher.