Assessment & Reporting to Parents 2015/16
Alongside the new curriculum there are new assessment arrangements. The use of levels to describe a child’s level of attainment and/or progress will no longer be used; except for the current Year 2 and Year 6 children.
The government and Ofsted’s measure of an effective education is the achievement of a child in relation to their starting points and their age: taking account of how well they have acquired the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected for their age (age-related expectations). This now applies from Reception to Year 6 children.
In our school we have chosen to use 3 terms to describe the point a child has reached in achieving the expectations for their age. These will be reported as;
Emerging – the child has started to achieve some of the subject expectations for their age
Expected – the child continues to acquire more of the subject expectations for their age
Exceeding – the child has securely acquired the subject expectations for their age and using them widely
We intend reporting this information to parents when we hold our parent consultation events. Reports will only be given out at the attendance of a meeting with your child’s class teacher. It is therefore important to arrange a meeting with your child’s class teacher if you are unable to attend the consultation meeting.
We hope you will find the new format of the reports more informative and easier to understand in terms of how well your child is doing in school. We would welcome your comments and suggestions when you receive them as to how you have found them.
At our school, we accept there is no single formula for measuring the progress of children and it is not necessarily achieved in a linear manner, i.e. an equal pace through their time at our school.
We set aspiring targets that will challenge and extend children’s learning. Teachers will take account of a child’s starting point; their cognitive ability; and their age expectation. Children achieving their targets will generally be considered to be making good progress.
Most children’s progress will be in line with age expectations and move through the stages of attainment during an academic year; for example from ‘Emerging’ to ‘Expected’. This will be considered good progress.
Some children’s progress will be above age expectations and move through more stages of attainment during an academic year; for example from ‘Emerging in Year 1’ to ‘Exceeding in Year 1 ’. This will be considered substantial progress.
Some children’s progress will be below age expectations and move through fewer stages of attainment during an academic year; for example from ‘Below entry’ in Year 1 to ‘Emerging’ in Year 1. This can still be considered good progress if a child has met their target based on the progress their teacher expects them to make according to the child’s starting point and cognitive ability.