Assessment Without Levels

From September 2014, the government removed the National Curriculum levels by which schools have historically assessed children. Pupils will now be assessed against the content from the National Curriculum on a year-by-year basis, with schools being given the autonomy to decide their own approaches to assessment.

St John the Evangelist CE Primary School has been working with a number of local schools to explore how the new changes can be implemented to ensure cohesion across schools, and more importantly, to ensure that children know exactly what it is they need to do to improve and succeed.

Principles of Assessment at St John the Evangelist CE Primary School

Within all our work on assessment we are guided by these principles:

  • All assessment is a true reflection of where children are in their learning.
  • Everything we do as part of the assessment process has an impact on learning and progress.
  • Children, parents and staff have a clear picture of what children can do and what they need to do next.
  • Assessment processes are accessible to all: everyone understands the system and its purpose.

Our Approach to Assessment

Children’s ongoing progress will be assessed and formally recorded at three points in the year in relation to the expectations for their year group as detailed in the National Curriculum.

The majority of pupils will progress through the curriculum content at the same pace with the expectation that most achieve the ‘secure’ standard for their age group by the end of the year.

Assessment Criteria

The links below provide information on the year group objectives children will be assessed against. These are presented as year group expectations. Some children may be working on objectives from a year group below or above their chronological age.


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6


Statutory Assessment in Year 2 and Year 6

The government have released interim assessment frameworks for 2016. The links below provide the criteria for how schools must teacher assess pupils at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 this year.

In addition to teacher assessment, pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 will undertake a range of tests in May.

Year 2

Reading Writing Maths

Year 6

 Reading Writing Maths


Click here to download an information guide for parents from the Standards and Testing Agency on Key Stage 1 and 2 tests in 2017

Click her to download an information guide for parents from the STA regarding how pupil progress is measured in primary schools