Reporting on Attainment
Since September 2014 a new National Curriculum has been put in place. The content of this curriculum is significantly more demanding than in the past and for this reason you may notice that some of your child’s attainment grades may appear to have dropped as compared to previous years. It is important to note that the content of the curriculum is dramatically different and more challenging with far more ambitious expectations for each child. For example, objectives relating to fractions, that were previously covered in years 7 and 8 maths lessons is now expected to be taught in years 5 and 6. This pattern of higher expectations is repeated right across the primary curriculum.
Along with these new objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum, comes a new assessment structure. The previous system of ‘levels’ have been discarded in favour of the new ‘Age Related Expectations’. This system considers whether the children are; working towards, working at age related or working at a greater depth of understanding. We fully understand that over the next few years the children will work through the new curriculum at the expected rate and that the numbers of children achieving the expected standards will rise accordingly.
For those children who have previously been able to work at a level much higher than their chronological age, they will be able to develop a sense of mastery by deepening their understanding and working at greater depth within a particular curriculum area.