In September 2014, the Government made a huge change to the way that children in schools are to be assessed. This is a new way of thinking for schools, and assessment will look very different to how it has done for the past 20 years. The DfE announced that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels and that schools would have to set up their own way of assessing pupils.
At the Abbey School we have developed our own assessment system, based on the following principles:
In Maths and English (and eventually in the other core subject areas) we have decided on the key skills, knowledge and understanding that our students need to achieve, and broken this down into manageable steps. For each step, students will be assessed on whether they have/are:
One of the biggest differences is how we will talk to you about how your child is progressing during the year. Previously, at your child’s annual review or parents’ consultations we would tell you at what National Curriculum level your child was working. With the new system we will be able to share with you which steps your child is now able to make, and which steps they are working on. This formative feedback will be of more benefit to you, your child, and their teachers.