Assessment without levels at Rowlands Gill Primary School
“As part of our reforms to the national curriculum, the current system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress will be removed. It will not be replaced. We believe this system is complicated and difficult to understand, especially for parents. It also encourages teachers to focus on a pupil’s current level, rather than consider more broadly what the pupil can actually do. Prescribing a single detailed approach to assessment does not fit with the curriculum freedoms we are giving schools.”
Department for Education Statement
From September 2015 all pupils will be taught and assessed against the new National Curriculum skills with pupils in Year 6 being given a ‘secondary ready’ measure. As yet we have not been told what this will actually look like.
We are therefore in a new era of ‘assessing without levels’. There is now no national requirement from Government about how schools should assess and record progress. It is therefore up to each school to develop its own system.
The staff have worked hard to create new topics aligned to the key skills in the new National Curriculum that will enable each child to develop the love for learning that they will need to be successful at school. Please see school website for details on topics for each Year Group.
Reporting attainment and progress to pupils and their parents
Discussion with pupils about their learning is most effective when it is based around specific success criteria for the current area of learning e.g.
1) Your child is working well within the expected range for their age (followed by examples of particular areas of success and current areas of focus).
2) Your child is working slightly below the expected range (followed by examples of particular areas of success and current areas of focus).
3) Your child has a strong understanding of the concepts taught this year and has been working on extension activities to further develop their problem-solving skills (followed by examples of particular areas of success and current areas of focus).