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Assessment of pupils without levels

In Year 1 and 2 we use the National Curriculum 2014 to plan from and we ensure children have covered all the objectives in their year group by the end of the year.

In Year 1 and 2 the children’s progress is tracked and assessed using steps within an age band. There are 6 steps within a band and the band is linked to what year group they are in. eg Year 1 = band 1. The 6 steps are:

b/b+ = beginning/beginning +

w/w+ = working within/working within +

s/s+ = secure/secure +


Teachers use the Teacher Assessment Framework at the end of Key Stage 1 to help make teacher assessment judgements for each child.

The assessment system has been set up using the guidelines as set out in the document Final Report of the Commission on Assessment without Levels – September 2015’ and the guidelines set out by NAHT. (links for the above documents are below)

We will also continue to work in partnership with neighbourhood schools and the Local Authority to ensure there is a rigorous and accurate assessment system for our pupils.

End of Key Stage 1 tests 2018

  • At the end of Year 2 the children undertook the end of Key Stage 1 tests, these tests assess the National Curriculum.
  • Our School administered the Key Stage 1 tests during May 2018.
  • The outcomes of the Key Stage 1 tests are converted into scaled scores using conversion tables provided by the government.
  • There is no longer a test for English writing.
  • Children were tested on Maths, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and Reading.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

In the second half of the Summer Term all Year 1 children will take part in the Phonics Screening Check, a National Statutory assessment.

The phonics check will show whether children have learnt phonic decoding to the expected threshold standard.


If children do not achieve the expected standard they will re-take the phonics check in Year 2

The Foundation Stage

During the Foundation Stage in Year R, all children will be assessed using the Early Learning Goals and the Characteristics of Effective Learning. This is done through observation of the child’s work in the classroom.

The school and parents also need to know about the child’s level of development on entry to school so we carry out an informal assessment when children start school.