At Jerry Clay Academy, we endeavour to support children to achieve to the best of their abilities and reach their full potential. We believe that assessment is fundamental to being able to extend and challenge children in their learning, in order to achieve this.

‘Too often levels became viewed as thresholds and teaching became focused on getting pupils across the next threshold instead of ensuring they were secure in the knowledge and understanding defined in the programmes of study. Depth and breadth of understanding were sometimes sacrificed in favour of pace.’

Final report of the Commission on Assessment without Levels, J.Macintosh CBE, September 2015

Our new assessment system

The new curriculum signaled a shift not only in content but also the expectation placed upon pupils became considerably higher across Key Stages 1 and 2.

As a result, the new, more rigorous curriculum, means it is not possible to have an exact correlation between a level that was the outcome of the old National Curriculum assessment and the requirements new National Curriculum, this means a shift in thinking and in the way we assess out children’s outcomes.

‘Assessment without levels gives schools the opportunity to develop their own approaches to assessment that focus on teaching and learning and are tailored to the curriculum followed by the school.’

 Final report of the Commission on Assessment without Levels, J.Macintosh CBE, September 2015

Along with statutory changes to the National Curriculum, the assessment arrangements are changing across the country.

Levels are no longer to be used; the curriculum is now much more specific about the attainment of pupils within a year group.  Therefore, teachers will now provide you with the following information:

  • Your child is working below age expectations for their year group
  • Your child is at the beginning stage of the expectations for their year
  • Your child is already working at the expectations for their year group
  • Your child is exceeding the expectations of their current year

The Parents Guide, in the attachment below, has been attached to further explain the expectations for the end of KS1 and KS2. Please click on the link below to read this booklet.  A further pamphlet is attached.

If you have any questions about the new national guidelines for assessing children’s attainment, please feel free to speak to a member of the team.


Jigsaw Chart Year 1
Jigsaw Chart Year 3
Parents Complete Guide
Jigsaw Chart Year 4
Year 5 National Curriculum