Changes to the National Curriculum in 2014 means that we now assess without levels.


At the end of KS1 and KS2, pupils will be given a scaled score and a ‘performance descriptor’ based on the expected standard.

Children are assessed against the Age Related Expectations (ARE). For example, by the end of Year 1, a child would be expected to be working at 1S (Year 1 Secure). This means that they are secure at the age-related standard for an average Year 1 child. In Year 2, this would be a 2S and so on.


We use the following codes with associated descriptors when we assess children:

  • Emerging (E) – This means that children are beginning to work within their expected, age related year group.

  • Developing (D) – This means that children are developing their knowledge of age related expectations for their year group.

  • Secure (S) – This means that children are working securely within their age related year group and are meeting the National Curriculum expectations.

  • Mastery (M) – This means that children are working at greater depth within their age related year group and are meeting, and in some cases, exceeding the National Curriculum expectations.


Children are set individual, realistic targets for the academic year based on their prior attainment. Both attainment and progress are tracked closely throughout the year.

In Core Subjects, age related expectation grids are used to assess children’s attainment and progress at data points throughout the year. In Foundation Subjects, target sheets are used to assess children against National Curriculum objectives and skills.


Our Assessment and Reporting System includes:

  • Ongoing assessment against the National Curriculum objectives by the class teacher throughout each lesson, through questioning, observation and dialogue.

  • Children knowing what they are being asked to learn, and critically, why.

  • Clearly identified next steps are given to children based on their attainment in the previous lessons to address any gaps in learning and to extend the understanding of those who achieved all objectives. These can also be given verbally as feedback.

  • Feedback through marking as set out in the marking policy.

  • Regular scrutiny of pupils’ work through internal, external and inter-MAT moderation.

  • Progress tests for English (PIRA) and Maths (PUMA).


Statutory Assessments (End of Key Stage):

  • In addition to the above assessments, pupils also complete the following statutory assessments:

    • Reception – Baseline Assessments (statutory Sep. 16), EYFS profile

    • Year 1 – Phonics Check

    • Year 2 SATs – end of Key Stage Assessment

    • Year 6 SATs – end of Key Stage Assessment


Optional Assessment

  • Currently being introduced is the Year 4 Timetable Check.


Reporting to Parents

  • We hold Parents’ evenings during the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.

  • Parents receive a mid-year report in the Spring term to give a brief snapshot of the child’s progress and attitudes to the halfway point of the year.

  • Parents also receive an end of year report informing parents of statutory end of key stage assessment results.