Assessment of school children by their class or subject teacher provides information about how your child is doing. An assessment lets teachers see your child's progress. A teacher can use assessment results to identify ways to help pupils make more progress in school and learning.

Teacher assessment

Teacher assessment allows a school to report information to a child's parent. It can help older children choose examination courses they will study and qualifications and careers they will seek.

Assessment also helps schools to set targets and measure their performance. This information lets government monitor the performance of the schools’ system generally.

Key Stage assessment - Levels of Progression

Literacy and numeracy are at the centre of the curriculum.  The importance of these skills is emphasised through the cross-curricular skills of Communication and Using Mathematics .

These cross-curricular skills and knowledge are assessed using Levels of Progression (LoP).

Pupils are assessed using the LoP at three points in their school career.  For primary school pupils this is at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 4) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 7).  For post-primary pupils, this is at the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 10).

The LoP provide clear information for teachers, parents and the young people themselves on the progress pupils are making in developing their literacy, numeracy skills and ICT skills. The LoP, set out, in the form of “can do” statements,  the sorts of skills that pupils are expected to be able to show if they are to build the communication, numeracy and ICT skills needed to function effectively in life and in the world of work.

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Assessment and progression

In the three cross-curricular skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT, children and young people are expected to progress at least one level between each Key Stage.  

The ‘expected levels’ at each key stage are:

  • Key Stage 1- Level 2
  • Key Stage 2 - Level 4
  • Key Stage 3 - Level 5  

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