Assessment without Levels

The government announced last year that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels and that schools would have to set up their own ways of assessing pupils.
This is a new way of thinking for schools, and assessment will look very different to how it has done for the past 20 years. The aim of this guide is to give you some information about the changes that are happening in Education across the country, and what that means for the children here at St. Mary’s School.

Early Years Foundation Stage:

Many of you may have heard of the expression ‘School Ready’ talked about by the DfE, hence the introduction and provision of increased nursery places. This is where education providers and schools alongside parents, will continue to build upon your child’s social awareness, self and health care and language skills. The DfE refers to “school readiness” as supporting children to be ready for the opportunities available to them in Year One. Children will leave foundation stage having been assessed as either working within the emerging, expected (secure) or exceeding (mastery) band of each strand of learning.  It is anticipated that the majority of children will reach the assessment point of Foundation Stage within the ‘expected band’.  It is important to remember however, that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. 

Key Stage 1:

It is anticipated that the majority of children will reach the relevant age related assessment point of Year 1 and Year 2 within the  ‘secure band’, a smaller number of children will be working within the ’entering' or 'working within' band’, whilst some will be working within the ‘mastery band’ (relevant to their year). 

At the end of Year 2 children will be assessed as working towards the expected standard, meeting the expected standard, or working at greater depth within the expected standard. Further information can be found on the Year 2 assessment page.

Key Stage 2:

Many of you may have heard of the expression ‘Secondary Ready’ as the standard children must achieve by the end of Year 6. The DfE have slightly distanced themselves from this phrase and are talking about children reaching the assessment point of Year 6 expected. Similar to Year 2 there will be some children who may be Year 6 having mastered their curriculum and some children who are Year 6 entering. 

At the end of Year 6 children will be assessed as working towards the expected standard, meeting the expected standard, or working at greater depth within the expected standard. Further information can be found on the Year 6 assessment page.

National Expectations

Please click the year groups below to find out about the national expectations for the children in each class.