Attainment Levels

How is attainment at school graded?

What are the current attainment levels?


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.

Foundation Stage

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.

Key Stage 1 and 2
Previously there were eight National Curriculum levels, covering the ages 5-14 years. Children develop at different rates, but National Curriculum levels can gave you an idea of how your child’s progress compares to what is typical for their age.

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:
• the new National Curriculum for Key Stages 1-4 does not include any level descriptors – instead it outlines some broad expectations of what pupils should be taught in different year groups or phases
• Summer 2016 will be the first year of statutory assessment not to use levels
• there will be no nationally prescribed or universal system for schools to use to track pupil progress throughout their time in school – schools can develop their own system or adopt any system that they feel meets their needs
• Ofsted will still want to see good evidence of pupil progress, both from the tracking of progress over time and from qualitative evidence such as observations of teaching and in pupils’ written work
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