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St Edmund's Catholic Primary

St Edmund's Catholic Primary

Parish, Family, School

Assessment and Performance Data

Purpose of Assessment

'There are three main forms of assessment:
in-school formative assessment, which is used by teachers to evaluate pupils’ knowledge and understanding on a day-today basis and to tailor teaching accordingly;
in-school summative assessment, which enables schools to evaluate how much a pupil has learned at the end of a teaching period;
and nationally standardised summative assessment, which is used by the Government to hold schools to account.’

(Department for education Final report of the Commission on Assessment without Levels September 2015.)

Changes to Standard Attainment Tests (SATS)

With the introduction of the new National Curriculum there has been a change in the assessment process. Former ‘levels’ have now been replaced with the following terminology:

  • Working towards the expected standard (WTS)
  • Working at the expected standard (EXS)
  • Working at greater depth within the expected standard (GDS)

Each child in Year 2 and Year 6 will be assessed against their age related curriculum area, according to these statements. Children cannot work at a ‘greater depth’ in science because these criteria do not yet exist.


Every child’s progress is individual and unique. Tracking begins upon entry through to exit, and shows progression over time. Children are expected to make between 2 and 3 steps progress per year based on  'Target Tracker Online' which is our internal tracking system.  It follows the new expectations of ‘developing, secure and exceeding’ and allows teachers to input and track pupil’s progress against the National Curriculum.

  • Nursery and Reception use the EYFS curriculum
  • Year 1 to Year 6 us the National Curriculum
    Click here to learn more about the 'Target Tracker' Online assessment tool, as provided by 'EES for Schools'

Assessment in EYFS

The Good Level of Development is the measure that helps to demonstrate the proportion of children who are achieving expected levels in the prime areas of learning (communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development) and in maths and literacy at the end of Reception.

Assessment in KS1

Year 1 Phonics Screening

‘The Phonics Screening Check is a short assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need help and support with their reading skills. Children will retake if they did not reach the required level.’ (DFE 2011) 

End of KS1

In 2016 changes were made to KS1 SATs based on the new curriculum. These included the first formal grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) paper for this age group. Results were reported as a scaled score between 85 and 115, with 100 being the national expectation for a Year 2 pupil. 

In 2017 several changes have been made to end of KS1 SATs which include changes to the writing assessment - details of which are shared with parents.  It is a changing landscape. We will keep you updated as per DfE announcements.

Assessment in KS2

In 2016 changes were made to KS2 SATs based on the new curriculum. Results were reported as a scaled score between 80 and 120, with 100 being the national expectation for a Year 6 pupil.

Progress Scores

Individual pupil level progress scores are calculated in comparison to other pupils nationally. For all mainstream pupils nationally, the average progress score will be zero. A school’s progress scores for English reading, English writing and mathematics are calculated as its pupils’ average progress scores. This means that school level progress scores will be presented as positive and negative numbers either side of zero. A score of 0 means pupils in this school, on average, do about as well at key stage 2 as those with similar prior attainment nationally. A positive score means pupils in this school on average do better at key stage 2 than those with similar prior attainment nationally.

School Performance Tables

DfE, School Performance Tables are published by the Secretary of State on the Department for Education’s website. Click here to view St Edmund's performance results.