Assessment Guidance

National Assessments 2015- 2016 – Information from the DfE

The programmes of study within the new National Curriculum (NC) set out expectations at the end of each key stage, and all maintained schools will be free to develop a curriculum relevant to their pupils that teaches this content. The curriculum must include an assessment system which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and to report regularly to parents.

At the end of each year and key stage,¬†your child’s teacher will formally assess their performance. In Year 2 and 6 this assessment is also used along with the national tests to measure your child’s progress.

Of course, your child’s teacher will be informally assessing their learning at other times to help them plan future teaching. They may, for example, listen to your child read or look at their maths work. We also also use optional tests to assess children’s progress.

Key changes to national curriculum tests and assessments:

The national curriculum tests and teacher assessment at the end of key stages 1 and 2 will be reported in levels for the last time in summer 2015, as pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 that year will not have been taught the new national curriculum. The first new key stage 1 and key stage 2 tests in English, mathematics and science, based on the new national curriculum, will be sat by pupils for the first time in the summer of 2016.

From the academic year 2015-16, we will move from an absolute measure of progress (i.e. two levels of progress required between KS1 and KS2) to a relative measure. At the same time, KS2 test outcomes will be reported as a scaled score, where the expected score is 100. Pupil progress will be determined in relation to the average progress made by pupils with the same baseline (i.e. the same KS1 average point score). For example, if a pupil had an APS of 19 at KS1, we will calculate the average scaled score in the KS2 tests for all pupils with an APS of 19 and see whether the pupil in question achieved a higher or lower scaled score than that average The exact methodology of how this will be reported is still to be determined.


Click here for the DfE Performance Tables

2016 KS2 Results

Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard or above in reading, writing and maths.

At Expected Standard or Above (Scaled score of 100 or more)

School National
Reading 76% 66%
Writing 83% 74%
Maths 81% 70%
Combined (R,W & M) 67% 53%
SPAG 83% 72%

Percentage of pupils who achieved a high level of attainment in reading, writing and maths.

At Higher Standard
School National
Reading 5% 19%
Writing 14% 15%
Maths 12% 17%
SPAG 35% 23%

Progress measures in reading, writing and maths.

Progress Measures
Reading 2.2%
Writing 3.2%
Maths 2.3%

Average ‘scaled score’ in reading, maths and SPAG.

Average Scaled Score
Reading 103
Maths 104
SPAG 107

2016 KS1 Results

Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard or above in reading, writing and maths.

At Expected Standard or Above
School National
Reading 73 74.1
Writing 70 65.5
Maths 75 72.6

2015 KS2 results

L4+ National L5+ National 2 Levels progress National
Reading 100% 89% 68% 48% 97% 91%
Writing 88% 87% 45% 36% 97% 94%
Maths 100% 87% 41% 41% 100% 90%
Combined 88% 80% 23% 24%
SPAG 95% 80% 60% 55%

Floor Targets

Combined 65%
Maths 93% (2014)
Reading 94% (2014)
Writing 96% (2014)

2015 Phonics Results

Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard or above in phonics.

At Expected Standard or Above
School National
Y1 Phonics 2014-2015 80% 77%
Y2 Phonics (retakes) 2014-2015 100% 90%