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Life Without Levels

Life Without Levels parents' meeting 04-11-15
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Ben Massey

on 8 February 2018

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Transcript of Life Without Levels

Welcome to Life Without Levels!
Background
The Rationale
Thanks for listening!
West Hove Infants Parents' Meeting 22nd & 23rd November
In the past, KS1 & 2 children were assessed using levels.
The Government has decided to abolish levels in favour of 'age-related expectations' (ARE).
A focus on depth of learning and developing a full understanding before moving onto 'higher levels'.
This is a good thing!
Children don't just 'touch base', but develop a working knowledge.
What it looks like
Children remain on their year group's curriculum until they have 'mastered' it.
Children working towards ARE continue on the previous year's curriculum to develop a real understanding before 'moving on'.
Children exceeding expectations are offered more cross-curricular opportunities to apply, broaden and deepen their understanding before moving onto the next year's curriculum.
What will this mean for my child?
Don't panic!
Schools have always tracked progress and attainment using age-related expectations.
(E.g. Year 1 = 1a, Year 2 = 2b, etc.)
Expectations have risen in some areas - notably Grammar, Punctuation and
Spelling
.
New KS1 assessments were introduced two years ago.
Rather than saying a child can or can't carry out addition, we look at their depth of understanding of addition and move them onto real life problems and explanations of their understanding.
For example:
Assessments and Tests (sorry!)
This year, Year 2 will sit tests in:
Maths
Reading
Grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) (Apparently non-statutory
Tests are used to inform teacher's ongoing formative and summative assessments. Writing will be teacher assessed.
"Levels have also been recognised as the driver of undue pace through the curriculum, which has led to gaps in pupils’ knowledge."
Here's what the Government says about 'scaled scores':
We can’t give full information about what the scale will look like yet. We need to wait until pupils have taken the tests and the tests have been marked before we can set the national standard and the rest of the scale. We can’t set the scale in advance. If we were to set the scale using data from pupils that had studied the old national curriculum, it is likely it would be incorrect.

We do know the scale will have a lower end point below 100 and an upper end point above 100. Once we have set the national standard we will use a statistical technique called ‘scaling’ to transform the raw score into a scaled score. We will publish this after the first tests have been administered.
Again, don't panic!
As always, the child will be at the centre of their learning and, with the new assessment measures in place, it will be easier to pinpoint targets and focus on these.
Any questions?
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