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Assessing Without Levels

We’re currently in a changing world of assessment in schools. We’ve recently been through a big change in the national curriculum, with the ‘new’ curriculum having a very different content to the ‘old’ curriculum. Many of the objectives in the old curriculum have shifted to lower year groups in the new, more rigorous curriculum. We have moved, under government direction, to a system which removes the assessment grades that have been with us for many years. This new assessment system is known as ASSESSMENT WITHOUT LEVELS. In the past, assessment levels (2a, 2b, 2c, for example) have had no direct correlation to the curriculum. The ‘new’ assessment system is now directly linked to year group national curriculum objectives, and in this way, it is a very positive change. We see this as an exciting opportunity to review our assessment and reporting systems in order to create a more holistic approach that makes sense to pupils, parents and staff.

At Newton's Walk we use 'Passports' for different areas of the curriculum, these provide information regarding what individual children have achieved and what they are currently working towards. Children and teachers work from these passports regularly in order to ensure every child is making good progress.

Our Passports for the different curriculum areas can be accessed below...