Assessment System – Why the change?
- The government has removed the previous system of levels (2a, b, c etc) used to report children’s attainment.
- They chose not to replace this with a new system, allowing schools to choose their own.
- The new National Curriculum set out expectations for the end of each Key Stage.
- Daily assessment takes place in all lessons through: pupils being clear about what and how they are learning, questioning, marking and verbal feedback.
Implications of the Curriculum
The Curriculum now contains new learning objectives that children were not previously taught/objectives that were taught in year groups further up the school. Therefore when pupils were assessed in the Autumn term against this new curriculum, many appeared to be achieving at a ‘lower level’ than previously thought.
Staff at East Dene Primary still have the same high expectations of your children, and the children have not gone ‘backwards’ in their learning—they are simply catching up against new objectives. Pupils and schools across the whole country are in the same position. Once pupils have ‘caught’ up with the new curriculum expectations, the majority of pupils will be performing within the criteria for their age group. By doing this they will be making good progress—as they always have.
Our Assessment System at East Dene
At East Dene Primary we have selected to use the Sheffield STAT to measure progress and assess our children. We will be asking our children to progress 6 steps per year. From this we have decided to give each step 0.5 points, and would therefore expect 3 points progress over the course of an academic year.
Assessment weeks are carried out every half-term across school and opportunities for cross phase moderation sessions are built in to half-termly staff meetings.
For further information relating to the Sheffield STAT please see the attached document below.