Trinity St Marys School

  • 6, Balham Park Road, London SW12 8DR
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ASSESSMENT INFORMATION FOR

PARENTS – AUTUMN 2015

At this time our national education system is going through a significant change.  At TSM we are continually striving to ensure our children receive an excellent first education.  As a result we would like to inform you as how we as a school are addressing these changes and how we are working to implement them whilst maintaining our high standards.

2014 National Curriculum
Last academic year, following government guidelines, Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 started studying the new 2014 National Curriculum whilst Year 2 (who are now in Year 3) and Year 6 (who are now in Year 7) studied and were assessed on the curriculum which had been in place since the year 2000.

This academic year, all year groups from Year 1 – 6 are studying and being assessed against the 2014 National Curriculum. The link to the complete National Curriculum document is on the school website under Learning/Curriculum and Assessment. The curriculum and assessment of children in Nursery and Reception has not changed.

What is being taught?
English, mathematics, science and RE remain very important and are considered to be core subjects at our school. The National Curriculum sets out in detail what must be taught in each of these subjects for each year group.
There is an overview of the curriculum topics available on the school website in the ‘Curriculum’ section, just choose your child’s year group.
The government has said that they intended the 2014 National Curriculum to be more challenging in order to raise academic standards (particularly when compared to other countries) and this is certainly the case.

How will children be assessed?
When the first National Curriculum was published in 1988, a system of levels was introduced to assess children at the end of Year 2, Year 6 and Year 9. Over the years, as the measures for accountability for schools increased (e.g. league tables, requirements from OfSTED), schools started to use these for every year group from Year 1 – 6 to measure attainment and progress.
The levels were often difficult for parents and carers to understand as a Level 3, for example, was above the expectation in Year 2, was the expectation in Year 4 and was below the expectation for Year 6.
The use of levels was based on a ‘best fit’ model which meant that children could have large gaps in their knowledge and understanding and the level in itself didn’t make it clear where the child had these gaps.

As part of the 2014 National Curriculum, the government stopped the use of levels (apart from Year 2 and Year 6 last year who were assessed against the old curriculum for the last time) – this has often been called ‘life without levels’ in the media.
The government did not replace the level system with a new model and has left this with individual schools to develop.
However, in September 2015, the final report of the government’s ‘Commission on Assessment without Levels’ was published and gives some clear guidelines on what assessment systems in school should look like as guidance changes. We are developing our assessment systems to include this best practice.

National Testing
In the Summer Term Year 2 and Year 6 will also take nationally standardised tests to complete as previously.  However the results will be reported as a ‘scaled score’ with 100 representing achieving the expected standard with some children having a higher score and some having a lower score. So far schools have very little information on how this new system will work. At TSM we are very lucky to have Miss Anderson, who is part of the data steering group for Wandsworth, so we will be able to update you as soon as this information is available.

What about other subjects?
Year 1 will continue to be tested in their phonic knowledge the results of which will be given to parents in their child’s report as a pass or fail.
Years 3, 4 and 5 will continue to be tested in school, again the results will be reported to parents in their child’s report.
All our teachers are responsible for different curriculum areas and in the school year 2014-15 they reviewed the new curriculum for their subject and delivered training to the rest of the staff.
We hope this information is helpful but if you have any further questions,  please make an appointment with any of the SLT.

To print or view the full document please click here.

 SAT Results 2015

                             KS1 Results                   

Maths  -  Level 2B+ is 96%      Maths - Level 3 is 29%

Reading - Level 2B+ is 100% Reading - Level 3 is 25%

Writing - Level 2B+ is 83%     Writing - Level 3 is 17%

 
                               KS2 Results

Maths - Level 4B+ is 91%         Maths - Level 5+ is 50%       Maths - Level 6 is 4.5%

Reading - Level 4B+ is 95%     Reading - Level 5+ is 64%

Writing - Level 4B+ is 91%       Writing - Level 5+ is 50%     Writing - Level 6 is 9%

EGPS - Level 4B+ is 77%          EGPS - Level 5+ is 55%        EGPS - Level 6 is 4.5%

                                All SEN pupils with a statement made 2+ level gains!

 SAT Results 2014

KS1 Results

Maths Level 2+ is 100%        Maths Level 3 is 26.3%

Reading Level 2+ is 89.4%   Reading Level 3 is 21%

Writing Level 2+ is 95%         Writing Level 3 is 16%

 

KS2 Results

Maths Level 4+ is 94.1%       Maths Level 5+ is 27%   Maths Level 6 is 6%

Reading Level 4+ is 94.1%   Reading Level 5 is 44.1%

Writing Level 4+ is 88.2%      Writing Level 5 is 24%

SPaG Level 4+ is 85.3%        SPaG Level 5 is 62%     SPaG Level 6 is 3%