Your child will be assessed on their journey from reception all their way through to Year 11 when they take their GCSEs. Through each Key Stage or Phase of their schooling, there will be a series of tests or teacher led assessments which will provide a level of achievement benchmarked against other pupils their age.
Within the Foundation Stage there are Early Learning Goals within each subject area . In addition there are a series of Stepping Stones that lead towards these Early Learning Goals and these are noted in your childs Foundation Stage Profile Booklet. The ELG’s list the knowledge and understanding that your child should have confidence in when moving on to the next stage in the National Curriculum, Key Stage One.
The lowest was Level 1, which describes the achievements of children at around the age of five, roughly moving up through the levels at a rate of approximately one level for each two years of school. Children at the end of year 2, were expected to achieve at least Level 2.
Children at the end of primary school (year 6, Key Stage 2) were expected to achieve at least Level 4.These levels will still be in use until 2016.The new national curriculum is moving away from using levels - a summary of the key points: