The Government removed National Curriculum levels for describing pupil’s attainment from September 2014 and has stated “it will be for schools to decide how they assess pupils’ progress”. A new National Curriculum was also been introduced in September 2014.
With levels removed and the continued focus on raising the achievement of every pupil, each school has to choose whatever measure of pupil attainment and progress they feel is most appropriate. Schools are required to have some form of monitoring system in place in order to report progress to Ofsted and to parents, even if they have greater freedom in the assessment framework they use. Whatever day-to-day assessment system schools opt for, the need for pupils to be tested against some form of benchmark during the course of each year is clear. Each school needs to be able to demonstrate how well their pupils have learned and what progress they are making, ensuring that they are on track to meet expectations and taking action if individual pupils are falling behind.
All schools within Bradgate Education Partnership use Target Tracker to assess children and track their progress.