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Assessment

A PARENTS’ GUIDE TO HOW WE ASSESS AND REPORT ON PROGRESS AND ATTAINMENT

From September 2014 changes were made to how schools assess children’s progress and attainment. The National Curriculum requires that schools give Age Related Expectations (ARE) for each year group. Here are the bands which we will refer to when reporting your child’s attainment:

WTS – Working Towards the Standard (This means that your child has not met all of the objectives within the Age Related Expectations for that year group and therefore cannot be awarded this standard.)

ARE – Age Related Expectations (This means your child is working within the standard for their year group)

GDS – Greater Depth Standard (This means that your child is working at greater depth of the age related expectations for that year group)

It is important to note that these three bands are vast and there will be some children working at the lower end of each of the standards and some at the top end. For example two children may be awarded ARE, but one child may just have made it and be at the lower end, whereas another child may be working at a higher level of this standard. 

We will report your child’s progress and attainment during parents’ evenings and on the end of year reports. When reporting attainment, we will refer to the three standards.

Further information on assessment and on end of key stage SATs can be found on the Powerpoint by clicking on the document below. 

Assessment schedule for 2020-21

This year, we have considered changes to the assessment and reporting schedule for the school. It is key that teachers gain a clear understanding of where the children are at academically on entry back into school following partial closure. The approach will be sensitive and low stakes using a variety of reliable assessment materials and classroom observations. From this, end of year targets will be established, and pupil catch up programmes put into place where necessary. More formal testing will take place as the year progresses.

Please see the assessment schedule for 2020-21 on the attached document:

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