Dear Parents and Carers
The education system in England is going through rapid and fundamental change. Not only is the way in which schools are funded and run changing (you may or may not have heard terms such as Academies, Free Schools, Multi Academy Trusts, Teaching Schools) and the curriculum reviewed and changed, but the expectations for what children at certain stages should know and be able to do have increased significantly.
This year will see the introduction of significant changes in:
- the way children are tested and assessed at the end of Year 2 and Year 6
- what children are expected to know and to be able to do and the standards they are expected to achieve
- the way this is measured and reported to you as parents
National Curriculum levels will no longer be used (e.g. Level 1, 2A, 2B, 2C or 3 at the end of Year 2 and Level 3, 4 or 5 at the end of Year 6). These are to be replaced with standardised scores based on the results and marks from all the children taking the tests each year across the country.
Each year the government will set the expected standard which will be a score of 100 with some pupils ranked below and some above. We will have to report this score to parents. The tests this year will include elements in the new National Curriculum which will only have been taught since September 2014 when it was introduced.
It is essential to note that:
- the current Year 6 will have been following this curriculum for only two years, not four.
- the new curriculum for Maths and parts of English contain many elements that were previously taught in older year groups or in secondary school.
- the impact of this has been a similar increase in expectations in each of the other year groups
We will report your child’s progress this summer and tell you whether your child is at, above or below the expected standard for their age. As a result of the changes some pupils who would previously have reached the expected standards may now be judged as working towards them.
Many aspects of these changes have still not yet been finalised by the government. We will keep you up to date as and when decisions are made.
And The Headteachers of the primary schools in the Furness Primary Collaborative