As part of the government reforms to the National Curriculum in 2014, the old system of “levels”, which we used to report children’s attainment and progress, were removed and not replaced. It was left up to schools to decide how children will be assessed and then how this would be reported to parents.

The new National Curriculum sets out expectations at the end of each key stage (Reception, Year 2 and Year 6) and it is the responsibility of the school to monitor what the children have learnt and where they are in this journey, particularly if they are not at the end of a key stage. (Years 1,3,4,5).

To ensure we have a rigorous and effective system, the St Mary’s leadership and assessment team have been working with the Horsforth Assessment cluster, as well as the Bishop Wheeler Trust.

Assessment ‘without levels’ works on the following principles:

  • Objectives taken from the National Curriculum age related expectations are taught by class teachers throughout the year.

  • Class teachers use high quality formative assessment to monitor the day to day achievements of the children. This is recorded on a tracker.

  • Pupils receive targets based on gaps identified in the teacher’s day-to-day assessment and monitoring.

  • At the end of every term, the progress trackers inform the teacher of a “Best-Fit” summative judgement, showing where the child is in relation to their end of year expectations. This information is passed on to parents at parent consultation evenings and/or through written reports.

  • Some standardised reading, writing and maths assessments are used to support summative judgements and provide teachers with national data comparisons. This information also helps to inform the teacher’s overall assessment of the child’s attainment.

  • There will continue to be some form of national assessment at the end of each of the three key stages.

  • Phonics screening for year 1 pupils will continue to be used and the results reported to parents.

Further information on assessing without levels
Below you will find a brief guide for parents and carers in our Trust and an Assessment Handbook which details specific subject expectations for each year group.