Assessing Without Levels
Information for Parents and Carers
Dear Parents and Carers,
This information and advice has been put together to inform you of Kenmont Primary’s assessment procedures for this and coming years.
As many of you will be aware, in September 2014, the DfE removed assessing with levels for children in primary schools. Children will no longer be assessed using Levels like, 2a, 3c or 4b.
Schools are now responsible for choosing their own system of assessment which should:
- Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school is performing
- Help drive improvement for pupils and teachers
- Make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation
Early Years Foundation Stage Unit (EYFS)
Children in the EYFS will continue to be assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP for short). This consists of Ages and Stages criteria for nursery learners moving into Early Learning Goals for Reception aged learners.
At the end of Reception these are reported as Emerging, Expected or Exceeding the Early Learning Goals in each area.
Evidence is gathered across the year to create ‘Learning Journeys’ for all children in EYFS and we value all contributions from parents and carers to these documents.
Assessment in EYFS is gathered through observations of learners, samples of learning, photographs and conversations which demonstrate the child’s understanding of a given concept.
In addition to this, staff identify the learning behaviours of children and plan lessons and activities to develop a wide range of learning skills in preparation for the next stage in their education in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).
YEARS 1, 3, 4, 5 in 2014-15
From September this year, children in years 1, 3, 4 and 5 will no longer be assessed against the national curriculum levels that parents and carers will have been familiar with.
In line with the New National Curriculum and raised expectations, children will be assessed in a number of ways.
Kenmont staff are teaching from the New National Curriculum and covering all requirements for the specific year groups. These are called ‘Year End Expectations’
The ‘Year End Expectations’ have been taken from the New National Curriculum and state the minimum requirements a learner must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the year in line with age expected standards. A copy of the ‘Year End Expectations’ for Reading, Writing, Maths and Science for the year group your child is available from school and will be included with your child’s report.
Any gaps identified in learning for the children due to the increased expectations have been covered and staff have worked together to ensure that the coverage for children is in place.
Kenmont has decided to use a new assessment framework in line with the ‘End of Year Expectations’ developed by ‘Target Tracker’.
Learners are assessed against each area in terms of whether, at each stage, they are Beginning, Working Within or Secure in the relevant age related expectation.
The new Curriculum focuses very much on ensuring children have a breadth of understanding within the concepts and skills they learn. The application of skills and understanding across a wide range of curriculum areas is key. Rather than moving ‘up’ the stages, the focus is on moving ‘outwards’ and developing a deeper understanding.
Staff continue to differentiate all activities to ensure that all learners’ needs are met.
Gathering evidence of learners progress and development will continue with a wide range of Formative Assessment; (day to day assessment through learning completed, observations, conversations and guided sessions) which will inform staff’s planning and also Summative Assessment (more formal assessment/tests) which will play a part in the overall assessment and progress checks for learners at set times in the year.
YEARS 2 AND 6 2014-15
For this academic year, (2014 – 2015) both Year 2 and 6 children will be assessed against the previous curriculum as the transition takes place. Parents of children in either of these two year groups will still receive information on their child’s progress relating to ‘National Curriculum Levels’. Outcomes for children in these year groups will still be reported on in this way after the children’s SATs tests in the summer term. (National expectation for Y2 learners will still be Level 2, and for Y6 learners will still be Level 4)
Children entering Years 2 and 6 next year will, however, move onto the new system for assessment without levels. Results from external national tests will be published in a new format in line with the new requirements.
School Reports this year will be different (except for Year 2 and 6) in line with our new assessment system. Your child will be assessed as either Working Towards, Beginning, Beginning+, Working Within, Working Within+, Secure or Secure+ in all subject areas. This assessment is based on the national age related expectations.
To help parents and carers understand these changes better Kenmont will be running two information meetings on Tuesday 19th May at 9.10am and 3.30pm.
If parents and carers require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Howarth, Executive Headteacher or Ms Lassman, Head of School or your class teacher.