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How We Assess

Statutory Assessment

During primary school, all children must participate in statutory assessment procedures in line with the law at the end of the EYFS (Reception) year, Y1, Y2 and Y6.  All results from these are reported to the Local Authority, the DFE and to families.


EYFS assessment is carried out mainly through teacher observation across the year.  A final assessment is made across each of the EYFS areas according to whether the child is Emerging, Expected or Exceeding within that area; these judgements then inform whether the child has reached a Good Level of Development.


In Year 1 children take part in the Phonics Screening Check in June.  This checks their understanding of phonics and how they apply this to read familiar and 'nonsense' words.  Children have a score out of 40, and this will be reported along with whether they are 'Working Towards' or 'Working At' the expected standard.


In Year 2, along with teacher assessments of their learning, children will also sit tests in reading, maths and grammar, punctuation & spelling during the month of May.  Only the teacher assessments in these areas, along with writing, are reported outside the school.  These normally use the language of 'Working Towards' the standard (WTS), working at the expected standard (EXS) or working at Greater Depth within the standard (GDS).


In Year 6, test scores and teacher assessments are shared.  The children sit the formal tests in reading, maths and grammar, punctuation & spelling during 1 week in May, with teacher assessments submitted during June.  The results of the tests, which are sent away to be marked, are available to schools in July.  As well as using the language around WTS, EXS & GDS, there will also be a 'scaled score' reported.  Children must gain a score of 100 or higher to achieve the expected standard for Y6.


In addition to the statutory assessment, teachers make assessment judgements throughout the year in line with an agreed assessment cycle between the Hope primary schools.  This means that we can look together for training opportunities and resources that will support everyone, as well as looking overall at how all children are progressing.  During the year staff will use a mixture of formal and informal testing, observation and their own professional judgement to make these assessments.