Assessment

The Government have made a significant change in the way that children in schools are to be assessed. The feeling from the DfE was that the old National Curriculum and the levels system failed to adequately ensure that children had a breadth and depth of knowledge at each National Curriculum level. The new assessment system allows teachers to assess children’s knowledge and understanding against national expectations for their year group and determine whether they are emerging, expected or working within greater depth. The focus is now on and how we provide opportunities for children to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge, and to develop their using and applying skills rather than accelerate through curriculum content as part of a ‘level’s race’. As we continue to embed this assessment system, we will expect to see children’s understanding of subjects increase and their ability to analyse, explain, prove and justify, develop further.