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The National Curriculum and assessment in schools has undergone some radical changes in the last few years. The introduction of a new curriculum in 2014 has seen very different content in comparison to the ‘old’ curriculum. Many of the old objectives in the new curriculum have shifted to lower year groups in a more rigorous and challenging curriculum.

Assessment, under the  direction of the Department of Education (DfE)  is now a system which removes the old assessment grades (e.g. 2a, 2b, 2c etc) that have been with us for many years.

"As part of our reforms to the National Curriculum, the current system of 'levels' used to report children's attainment and progress will be removed. It will not be replaced.

We believe this system is complicated and difficult to understand, especially for parents. It also encourages teachers to focus on a pupil’s current level, rather than consider more broadly what the pupil can actually do. Prescribing a single detailed approach to assessment does not fit with the curriculum freedoms we are giving schools.”

DfE June 2013

The “new” assessment system is now directly linked to each year group National Curriculum objectives.

Children are now assessed against the new curriculum framework and the school implements a robust assessment system which tracks and monitors pupil progress across the school in all areas of the curriculum.  This includes:

  • initial assessments (these are sometimes called entry tasks of cold tasks) indicating pupils current knowledge and understanding and areas for further development
  • the use of high quality formative assessment including written and oral feedback; self-assessment and peer assessment indicate how pupils have progressed against learning objectives and success criteria
  • continuous assessment is used by teachers to develop the next steps in pupils’ learning in subsequent lessons
  • periodic tests and assessment tasks that are “marked” against end of year objectives
  • formal tests in Years 2 and 6 (see below for further information)

The following links will provide a short guide to the National Curriculum Tests

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Please see the "Assessment at Welton" document for further information of assessment without levels.