How Do I Know How My Child Is Doing?
Your child will be assessed and his/her progress compared to what children have normally achieved at various stages. There are 8 levels in the National Curriculum (Level 1 to Level 8). Each level is divided into ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’. At Key Stage 1 (age 7), most children will normally have achieved Level 2b. Children who achieve Level 3 are doing better than expected and those achieving Level 4 are doing exceptionally well. At Key Stage 2 (age 11), most children will normally have achieved Level 4b. Children who achieve Level 5 are doing better than expected and those achieving Level 6 are doing exceptionally well.
Children are informally assessed by teachers in school on a regular basis. At the end of Key Stage 1 (in Year 2), though, your child will take a formal test – a Standard Assessment Test (SAT). Your child’s results will be compared with children nationally. You will also be able to see how your child’s school performs compared to other schools.
At the end of Key Stage 2 (in Year 6) your child will take another National Curriculum test or SAT in English, Mathematics and Science. This test will be marked outside of the school.
Your child’s teacher will also regularly assess his/her progress on an informal basis and should discuss any concerns with you.
You’ll be given regular reports in which your child’s teacher assesses what level he/she will reach at different key stages. This will give an indication of where your child may need extra help and support and, sometimes, how you can help. You should be kept informed of how your child is progressing so examination results shouldn’t come as a surprise.
After your child’s SAT examinations at Key Stages 1 and 2, you will get his/her results along with those for all the children in your child’s age group in the school plus the national results for the previous year.
Schools hold a parents’ evening at least once a year when you’ll have the chance to speak to the class teacher and see your child’s work. You’ll normally only have a brief time to do this. Take a friend if you need to. You might also want to take an interpreter or one might be provided by the school.
You should get an annual report giving details of your child’s progress. In some schools, reports are translated into the child’s home language.
The school might contact you by phone, text, email or letter. Some letters might be translated. There might also be a named person who will contact you, perhaps a member of staff who is bilingual or has expertise in areas relating to Black and Minority Ethnic or Gypsy/Roma/Traveller communities.