This information and advice has been put together to inform you of our 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.
The evidence is gathered from 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).
KS1 and KS2
From September this year, all children in KS1 and KS2 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.
Lawn 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 of your child will be included in the end of term 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.
Lawn has decided to use a new assessment framework in line with the ‘End of Year Expectations’ developed by ‘Rising Stars’.
Learners are assessed on each area in terms of whether, at each stage, they are Developing, Secure or Exceeding in the relevant age related expectation.
The new Curriculum focuses very much on ensuring children have a breadth of understanding of 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.
School Reports this year will be different and in line with our new assessment system. Your child will be assessed as either Developing, Developing+, Secure, Secure+, Exceeding, Exceeding +. This assessment is based on the national age-related expectations.