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How Do I Know How My Child Is Doing?

Assessments

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 divided into ‘a', ‘b' and ‘c'. At the end of Key Stage 3 (Age 14), most children will normally have achieved Level 5 or 6. Children achieving Level 7 are doing better than expected and those achieving Level 8 are doing exceptionally well.

Your child's teacher will also regularly assess his/her progress on an informal basis and should discuss any concerns with you.

Reports

After your child's SAT examinations at Key Stage 3, 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.

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.

Schools should give you an annual report giving details of your child's progress, highlighting achievements, strengths and developmental needs as well as attendance record. In some schools, reports are translated into the child's home language.

Apart from formal examinations, children are regularly assessed informally by teachers. You should be kept informed of how your child is progressing. If your child's test results come as a surprise to you, then you may need to review communication with teachers.

Communication

The school might contact you by phone, text, email or letter. Some letters might be translated. There may 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.

Your child's homework diary also has space for you to write down any comments or concerns you have. The diary is normally checked by your child's class teacher and you should get a response.

You'll probably find, though, that face-to-face communication with school staff is much less than at primary school and you'll need to make more of an effort to keep up to date with what's happening to your child in school.