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Achievement and Attainment Tables

The Department for Education’s (DfE) achievement and attainment tables (AAT) can be found here.

 

 

Age Related Expectations in the Foundation Stage

Month Band

RAG Rating

Score

30 – 50

RED

30 – 50

AMBER

Average on Entry to Nursery

30 – 50

GREEN

40 – 60+

RED

Average on entry to Reception

40 – 60+

AMBER

40 – 60+

GREEN

1

ELG

Expected level of development

2

ELG +

Exceeding Level of development

3

Children are assessed on entry to Nursery, and again in the Spring and Summer Term, this is continued as they enter Reception and as they move into Key Stage One. Children are given a Month Band score, which indicates where they are up to developmentally in the Prime Areas of Learning.

Children are assessed against Age Related Expectations and monitored to ensure progression is made over the year. There are a set of Early Learning goals you would expect children to achieve at the End of Reception and the Foundation Stage.

As they leave the Foundation Stage if a child has achieved all the Early Learning Goals, they will be working at an Average Expected Level for their age.

Children in the Foundation Stage are assessed using The EYFS Framework, this explains how and what is taught to support healthy development.

Children will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

· Communication and language;

· Physical development; and

· Personal, social and emotional development.

As children move through the Foundation stage, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

· Literacy;

· Mathematics;

· Understanding the world; and

· Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan learning and activities. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

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End of Key Stage Results

For details of our End of Key Stage results for 2017 click here.

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Assessment at Evelyn CP School

 

 The new National Curriculum for England is now being taught in all maintained schools.  As part of this Government reform, assessing the curriculum using levels has now been removed and schools are expected to assess without levels.

Assessment will look very different to how it has been for the last twenty years.

 

Curriculum changes; 3 core subjects

 English: The new programme of study is knowledge based.  There is an increased emphasis on the technical aspects of language.  A specific content is provided for spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.

 

Maths: The main areas of the new programme of study are called domains.  These are:  number, measurement, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion and algebra.  The content for each year group is more challenging than previously expected.

 

Science: The National Curriculum for Science aims to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Scientific enquiry is explored in a range of ways where children are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the world around them. The programmes of study are set out year-by-year for Key Stages 1 and 2 to ensure all children receive full coverage of the curriculum.

 

Foundation subjects: Art, Religion, History, Geography, P.E., Technology, Computing, Music, foreign language (French for our school) in KS2 and R.E.

 

Evelyn CP School follows the National Curriculum with a creative approach as specified in our unique ARCS curriculum.  This means we also teach P.S.H.C.E. (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education), Global Education, Relax Kids and Entrepreneurial Skills.

 

Why do we assess?

– To enable us to know how each child is performing so that teachers can help individuals improve
– To help schools improve outcomes – first at cohort level, then year group level, then at whole school level
 

Previously, all schools tracked the progress and attainment of each student using levels, starting at 1 and potentially ending (at primary school) at level 6.

Each level was divided into 3 sections; C,B & A – C being the lowest part of the level and A being the highest.  4B represented a child who in Y6 had reached the national average, and was ‘secondary ready’.  Level 5 is higher than the national average and at Evelyn CP usually between 30% and 50% of the cohort achieve a Level 5 at the end of Y6 and more than 90% have achieved Level 4.

 

So why have levels been removed?

It is to make a more fair and precise system of assessment.

Levels have, in the past, distracted from ‘real feedback’.
Levels could hide gaps that pupils had in their knowledge and understanding.  This led to pupils being inaccurately assessed with misinterpretations and ‘lost learning’ travelling with them as they progressed through school.
The DFE wanted to remove ‘the level race’ where children moved through the levels quickly to achieve higher attainment.   The old National Curriculum levels were not limited to their National Curriculum year groups. eg. a Y4 child could be Level 3, 4 or 5.  Many believe there was no breadth or depth of knowledge at each curriculum level.  A child could achieve a level but not be secure in it.
 

Our Response

This has been to devise a new system which is totally personalised to each child, where knowledge and skills within each subject is assessed and therefore empowering pupils, teachers and parents.

We have researched different methods of assessing pupils.

Assessment continues to be at the heart of teaching and learning at Evelyn CP School.

 

Our philosophy is as follows:

Assessment is at the heart of effective practice.

At Evelyn CP School, assessment is purposeful, honest and consistent.  We believe it drives all children to success.

 

We already have a unique curriculum called ARCS and our new assessment system links closely to it and meets the needs of all our pupils.  The information provided by our new system will inform teaching and impact on the progress of pupils.

 

Types of Assessment used at Evelyn CP School

Diagnostic – the gathering of careful evaluation of details data using students’ knowledge and skills in a given area.

Observational – the process of observing and recording students’ knowledge and skills in a given area.

Formative – day to day strategies, eg. Individual Target Setting/ Progress meetings with children (twice a year for Years 1 – 5 and 3 times for Year 6 – 2 of which are also with parents).

Summative – Year group tests in October, February and May.  National statutory tests.  Parents evening every February to discuss progress with parents of all children from Nursery to Year 6.

 

Our new system explained

Milestones to Mastery Ladders

– provide visual representations of children’s progress
– classify each progressive stage
– build knowledge and skills, leading to mastery
– enable teachers to plan for deeper thinking
 

We have split the end of year expectations for each year group into 3 categories as follows:

 

            Emerging –   Yet to be secure in end of year expectations.

 

            Expected –    Secure in end of year expectations.

 

            Exceeding – Secure in almost all, or all, end of year expectations and

                                    able to display knowledge and skills confidently.

In the old system, children who were ‘exceeding’ might have moved to the next level.  Now, they will add more depth and breadth to their knowledge and have more opportunities to do this through using and applying their skills.  This phase of learning is called Deep Learning or MASTERY.

Only exceptional children will move in to working towards the end of year expectations for the year above. Similarly, children who are unlikely to be ‘emerging’ at the end of the year, may work towards expectations from the year below.

It is anticipated that the majority of children will reach the assessment point of:

            end of FS (Reception) expected

            end of KS1 (Year 2) expected

            end of LKS2 (Year 4) expected

            end of UKS2 (Year 6) expected

 

A small number of children will ‘exceed’ and a very small number will be ‘emerging’ or at the previous year’s exceeding/expected/emerging.

 

Next steps

Our curriculum and assessment framework enables us to pinpoint aspects of the curriculum which are areas for development for some children as well as recognising exceptional performance.

We will be implementing a new electronic tracking system which will clearly show how each pupil is performing against National Curriculum 2014.  All teachers will have this data to enable them to summarise and analyse attainment and progress of their pupils and their classes, and use the data to plan learning for every pupil, ensuring they meet or exceed expectations.   The Leadership Team will analyse the data across the whole school to ensure pupils identified as vulnerable are making appropriate progress and all pupils are challenged.

 

Our aim is for each child to reach his/her full potential.

We remember that a child’s potential is not fixed at any one time.

High expectations are consistent throughout the school.

 

Achievements will be celebrated across our complete broad and balanced curriculum and will also include our unique Student Exit Profile which celebrates achievements of the social, emotional, spiritual, cultural and moral aspects of a child’s development.

Though not everything which is taught is fully assessed, it is still very important.

Assessment is not meant to be used as a measure of your child’s ability at school but as a means to improve their ability to learn; their knowledge, their understanding and their skills.

 

Parental Involvement

From September 2015, when we talk to you about your child’s progress, either verbally or in written form, we will be using different terminology than previously. 

In the past, we have discussed with you, your child’s progress towards their end of year target level.

Now, your child will be assessed against the expectations of his/her year group, ie. a child in Year 4, for the first time, will be judged against the expectations for the end of Year 4.

In October 2015, teachers will carry out summative assessments.  Together with other types of assessment, it will be determined if your child is at ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ against end of year statements.

Your child will then be given a forecast for the end of the year. 

During the year, when we have conversations with you about your child’s progress, you will be informed about whether your child is ‘on track’ to meet their end of year target.  It may be they are above or below where they need to be, in which cast their end of year target may be adjusted.  This feedback will be in the form of a ‘descriptive profile’ for your child.

At the heart of all effective practice is a child’s love and thirst for learning.  This is enhanced by parental support so that the school and home work together to produce ‘deeper learning’ for all children.

 

 In one school year, a child spends:

7,800 hours at home

and

900 hours at school

 

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