Assessment

In 2014/15, the Department for Education removed the system of ‘levels’ that schools used to report children’s attainment and progress. This was because the government decided that the system of levels would not fit the new primary National Curriculum, which sets out what is to be taught within each year group or phase, but does not provide any system or structure for assessing children’s progress.

Between the ends of Key Stages schools have had to decide how to assess children against the school’s curriculum. The aim of this guide is to outline the assessment system that we are now using at Greenfields to find out what children know & what their next steps are.

 

How are children assessed at Greenfields? We assess pupils against their year group expectations.  We use the terms WORKING TOWARDS, EXPECTED and GREATER DEPTH (W, E, G) to describe a pupil’s understanding of the curriculum for their year group instead of the old levels and sub-levels.

For example, a Year 3 pupil might be WORKING TOWARDS the expected Year 3 standard (3W), might be working at the EXPECTED standard (3E) or might have demonstrated a deeper level of understanding, so would be described as working at GREATER DEPTH within the expected standard (3G).

Working below the expected standard for the year group

Working Towards

= not yet secure in the curriculum expectations for the year group

Working at the expected standard for the year group

Expected

= working confidently with most key objectives for the year group
Working above the expected standard for the year group Greater Depth

= working confidently in all key objectives and able to demonstrate this in different contexts

 

How do teachers decide which grade to give? Evidence to support the WORKING TOWARDS, EXPECTED or GREATER DEPTH judgement is not simply test scores; we make assessments based upon a variety of evidence in books and from tasks throughout the year.

We recognise the importance of moderating the work our pupils do and the assessment judgements that our teachers make, to make sure that they are consistent with other schools.  We attend regular moderation sessions hosted by North Tyneside Local Authority and collaborate with other schools in our pyramid.

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