Children are assessed within the expected level for their year group. Most children start the year working below the expected level for that year group – they haven’t learned the new curricular material yet and haven’t practiced the relevant skills yet so it would be unlikely that they were already working at the level for that year group. By the end of the year we would like all children to be at the expected level for their year group – some might be beyond it in one subject or another and some might still be catching up. We describe this with these four descriptors.

  • Working Towards – working at a level that is below the Age Related Expectation
  • Emerging – on route to get to the Age Related Expectation.
  • Expected – Secure in the majority of the Age Related Expectations.
  • Exceeding – Secure in almost all or all the end of year expectations and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently.

We are aiming to ensure that 85% of our pupils achieve the Age Related Expectation at the end of the year. At the start of each year group most pupils will be working within the working towards stage or emerging stage and should hopefully move to the Expected or Exceeding expectation by the end of the year.

It is important to remember that a child who finishes a year at Expected or Exceeding will probably start the next year at Emerging though we expect they will make quick progress towards Expected and beyond.


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