School Stats And Ofsted
There have been huge changes in recent years across the country to the Curriculum and the way that is assessed. Hopefully, this short guide will give you some information about all the changes that are happening in Education across the country, and what that means for the children here at Benson Community School.
Dont Forget you can also download our Ofsted Reports and School Data below.
School Level Assessment
So why are levels disappearing?
The feeling from the Department for Education was that the old national curriculum and the levels system failed to adequately ensure that children had a breadth and depth of knowledge at each national curriculum level.
It was then decided that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels and that schools would have to set up their own way of assessing pupils. We have spent a long time researching various different methods of assessing pupils, and are working very closely with schools in the local area and across the city to ensure that we work in a similar way. We are currently reporting in a way which is similar to the Early Years and Foundation Stage. This was to take the end of year expectations for each year group and to assess, through observations, classwork and tests, where your child is working at.
* Emerging— Yet to be secure in the end of year expectations.
* Expected—Secure in the majority of the end of year expectations.
* Exceeding—Secure in almost all or all the end of year expectations and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently.
Under the old levels system children who were exceeding might have moved into the next level. The DfE now want children who are assessed to be exceeding to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge, and to have more opportunities to develop their skills of using and applying. They are calling this phase of learning Mastery and Depth. So how will this look at the end of each Key Stage?
Key Stage 1
It is anticipated that the majority of children will reach the expected assessment point of Year 2, a smaller number of children will reach Year 2 exceeding, and a small number will be Year 2 emerging, or possibly Year 1 exceeding/expected/emerging.
Key Stage 2
Similar to Year 2, there will be some children who may be Year 6 exceeding and some children who are Year 6 emerging. There may also be a small number of children who are still working at a lower level e.g. Year 4/5 exceeding/expected/emerging.
Assessing Without Levels
After investigating many different Assessment & Tracking systems, we have decided to use a Commercial Software called Trace, which is very good and used by a number of local Primary Schools.
How we give an end of year assessment is going to be almost identical to how I described assessing without levels above .
The biggest difference is how we will talk to you about how your child is progressing during the year. With the old National Curriculum levels, each year children were given a target for the end of the year, and during the year we would tell you what National Curriculum level your child was at.
For Example: A child could finish Year 3 with a level 3a, and in Year 4 would have a target of a 4b for the end of the year. At Parent’s Evenings throughout the year you may be told that they have moved to a 4c and then on to a 4b.
We could use the levels system this way because for example, in a Year 6 class there could be a range of levels, e.g. from level 2 to a level 6. However, the new National Curriculum sets out expectations for each year group and children will be assessed each year against the expectations for the year they are in, so a child in Year 4 will always be judged against the expectations for the end of Year 4.
So how will the process work?
Throughout the year, the teacher will assess in lessons, use tests and questions to see how well your child is progressing against the end of year expectations.
During the year, when we have conversations with you about your child’s progress you won’t be given a level. Instead you will be told what progress they are making towards the end of year target.
As we have always done our conversations will focus on the specifics of your child’s strengths and any gaps in their understanding so that you are informed and best able to support your child.
There will still be Statutory Tests.
Year 1 will sit the Phonics Test in June
Year 2 will sit SATs tests in May
Year 6 will sit SATs tests in May.
Instead of reporting if your child has reached Level 2 at the end of Year 2 or Level 4 at the end of Year 6, the assessments will show if they have reached the “expected standard”.
We hope that you find this guide useful to help you understand why and how assessment has changed
If you wish to find out more, please ask your child’s teacher .
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