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Arundel CourtPrimary Academy


Assessment without levels.

The Government made a huge change in the way that children in schools are to be assessed. This is to tie in with the New National Curriculum that is now used by all schools. This is a new way of thinking for schools, and assessment will look very different to how it has done for the past 20 years. The aim of this guide is to hopefully give you some clear information about all the changes that are happening in Education across the country, and what that means for the children here at Arundel Court Primary Academy & Nursery.

The End of Curriculum Levels

The DfE want to avoid what has been termed ‘The level Race’ where children have moved through the old National Curriculum levels quickly to achieve higher attainment. The old National Curriculum was sub-divided into levels, but these were not linked to their national curriculum year group. For example, a child in Year 4 could be a Level 3 or even a level 5. Children were achieving Level 5 and 6 at the end of Key Stage 2, but the DfE thought that a significant number were able to achieve a Level 5 or 6 in a test—but were not secure at that level. 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.

Age Related Expectation (ARE)

The DfE announced that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels, and that schools would have to set up their own way of assessing pupils. After investigating many different Assessment & Tracking systems, we have decided on the following way to assess children:

Below ARE: This means they are working below Age Related Expectations (ARE)

Working towards ARE: This means they are working towards the Age Related Expectation (ARE) and are nearly there!

At or Expected ARE: They are working at the Age Related Expectation.

Above ARE: They are working above the Age Related Expectation and in some cases, well above.

We use an online assessment tool called OTrack to track attainment across the school