Assessment for Learning

ASSESSMENT :  ‘Life After Levels’  

The National Picture

In September 2014, the Department of Education replaced levels with outcomes against national age-related expectations.  Pupils complete statutory assessments against these expectations at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6) and individual pupil results are reported in a scaled score. Year 1 pupils complete a Phonics Check in June, which assesses their ability to read words and non-words using decoding skills. 'Letters and Sounds' is used to teach phonics in Nursery-Year 2.

 Assessment at Edward Betham

At Edward Betham, each year group has a programme of study per subject which develops and builds on pupil skills, knowledge and understanding. Programmes of study consists of a range of strands.

In Reading, Writing and Maths,  key strands are referred to as  ‘non negotiables’.

We expect the majority of pupils to demonstrate a secure understanding of year group ‘non negotiables’ by the end of each academic year.

How do we measure pupil progress against national age-related expectations?

Throughout the year, teachers will gather evidence of pupil progress against each of the ‘non-negotiables’. Evidence will consist of pupils’ verbal response in class, written work and test outcomes. Evidence is moderated across classes and with other primary school settings.

The evidence will be used to regularly measure if a pupil is on track to achieve end of year age-related expectations. This will be the case for the majority of pupils. Some pupils will be on track to exceed end of year expectations and some will not be on track and may be working below age-related expectations at the end of the year.

Pupil progress is regularly reviewed at Pupil Attainment Meetings. Teachers review pupil progress with a member of the Senior Leadership Team by presenting evidence.

Pupils who are not on track are targeted to improve progress against non-negotiables.

What can I do to support my child’s progress?

The bar has been raised and expectations at the end of each academic year have become more challenging. Since September 2015, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 tests demand higher levels of skill and understanding.  

At parent/carer consultation meetings, you will be informed if your child is on track to achieve age-related expectations by the end of the year. You will be told which of the non-negotiables require further reinforcement in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Essential Skills

In Maths, your child should have a secure grasp of number bonds to 20 by the end of Year 1 and a secure, confident knowledge of times tables 2-12 by the end of Year 4. Without these essential  skills, your child may struggle to make required progress in other areas of Maths learning.

In Reading, it is essential for every child to read daily to  develop fluency and understanding of text. Pupils should have frequent opportunity to discuss texts with adults at home to develop comprehension skills (based on questions about character, plot, predictions)

In Writing, practice of spelling, punctuation and composition are essential to progress.

Regular opportunities to apply these skills will support your child’s progress. Pupils should focus on VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openings and punctuation) for high-quality outcomes.


Please see below for details of age-related expectations  and non-negotiables for your child’s age group:

Non-Negotiables English


Non-Negotiables Maths


Non-Negotiables Reading


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