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Assessment

Children at Coleridge are subject to the following assessments

Children at Coleridge are subject to the following assessments

Standard Assessment Tests

These tests (known as SATs) are a mixture of tests and tasks, assessed or marked by the class teachers in Year 2 (Key Stage 1) and by external examiners in Year 6 (Key Stage 2). SATs have now become part of everyday life in schools and are planned for along with all other aspects of school life. The staff at Coleridge aim not to put too much emphasis on them in case the children start to worry about the tests. Instead, our policy is to use the tests as one of the school’s assessment tools, but not to be led by them in a way that is contrary to the professional judgement of your child’s teachers.

Year 2 (Key Stage 1) SATs

In Year 2, children must undertake tests in maths, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling. The tests are administered in an informal, naturalised way and are marked by your child’s class teacher. The results of the tests are then used to help the teacher make an overall judgement as to where your child is with their learning and understanding.

Year 6 (Key Stage 2) SATs

In Year 6, SATs tests are administered in a more formal manner in accordance with strict guidance from the DfE. As in Year 2, children in Year 6 undertake tests in maths, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling, but these tests are marked externally rather than by your child’s class teacher.

Changes to Assessment – the end of NC levels

As of school year 2015/16, the government have scrapped the old system of National Curriculum levels (2c, 2b, 2a, 3c, 3b, etc.). All children will now be assessed against the objectives for their own year group (or age-related expectations) rather than on a continuous rising scale as before. At the end of each year, inside the school report, parents will receive one of the following mark statements for each subject area, describing how well their child has performed relative to what is expected of them at that age:

  • Working below age-related expectation
  • Working towards age-related expectation
  • Working within age-related expectation *
  • Working above age-related expectation
  • Working significantly above age-related expectation

* this is not the national average, but the national expectation for children at this age.

For more detailed information about assessment and reporting, and to find out how teachers at Coleridge make these judgements, please click here.