With the new curriculum brought into United Kingdom schools, the
Department of Education decided to remove the current system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress. It was described as difficult for parents to understand and encouraged teachers to focus on a pupil’s current level, rather than consider more broadly what the pupil can actually do.
The new programmes of study set out what should be taught by the end of each key stage. This gives schools the freedom to develop a curriculum which is relevant to the pupils and enables them to meet these expectations.
Schools have been able to introduce their own approaches to formative assessment, to support pupil attainment and progression. The assessment framework should be built into the school curriculum, so that schools can check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of each key stage.
Isleham Church of England School has introduced a new system called ‘Assertive Mentoring’ for Years 1 to 6. It is a way of assessing the progress of each child and setting targets for improvement in order to achieve the end of year expectations for each subject.
The aims are to:
- Raise standards for all
- Motivate and involve children in their learning
- Inform parents and involve parents, so they can help their child’s learning and understand the progress their child is making.
Each year group will be assessed half termly against age expected standards for each subject. This summative assessment will be expressed as, below, achieving or exceeding expectations against the age related expectations for each year group.