Assessment Without Levels

We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on an aspect that the government has asked all schools to change this year. Previously children had been given a level, for example a child at the end of year 2 was expected to be a 2B. This enabled us to inform you as to whether your child was working at age related expectation (average), if they were working below age related expectations (below average) or above age related expectations (above average.)


The Government has asked schools from September 2015 to abolish this and come up with a new way of assessing the attainment and progress of each child. UFEP (Uttoxeter First Education Partnership, made up of Picknalls, Tynsel Parkes and St Mary’s) have worked on this project together and have adopted a new system. The whole pyramid of schools in Uttoxeter have now also taken this system on board, meaning that your child will start with these assessments in their first school and it will carry on into the middle and high schools.

How will this now look?


Children will be assessed on a 9 point scale using the same categories that the Early Years children are currently assessed on – emerging, expected and exceeding:

Point Assessment Meaning
  Emerging (below average at the end of the year)
0 If they are not meeting 25% of the year group expectations
1 If they are not meeting 25-50% of the year group expectations
2 If they are not meeting 50-75% of the year group expectations
3 If they are not meeting more than 75% but not all of the year group expectations
  Expected - meeting ALL of the year group expectations (average at the end of the year)
4 make the occasional error; however they understand the concepts of their year group fully
5 rare mistakes, very confident at meeting the year group statements
6 confident and works at a rapid rate, meeting more than 50% of the year group exceeding statements
  Exceeding (above average at the end of the year)
7 If they are meeting the exceeding statements fro their year group
8 If they are confident in and rarely make a mistake in the year group exceeding statements
9 (Gifted and Talented) Exceptionally confident in handling the exceeding statements for their year group and show exceptional ability for their age

The examples below are based on a year 4 child. If your child is in a different year group the end numbers will be exactly the same – it will simply be the start number that changes, for example, e.g. a year 1 child may be a 1.4 at the end of the year and a year 3 child may be a 3.4.

A term by term explanation based on a year 4 child:
Autumn Term
Average – 4.0 or 4.1
Above Average – 4.2 or above
Below Average – anything that starts with a number that is not a 4 to indicate they are not yet working on the year 4 curriculum

Spring Term
Average – 4.1 or 4.2
Above Average – 4.3 or above
Below Average – anything that starts with a number that is not a 4 to indicate they are not yet working on the year 4 curriculum or a 4.0

Summer Term (End of year)
Average – 4.4 or 4.5
Above Average – 4.6 or above
Below Average – anything that starts with a number that is not a 4 to indicate they are not yet working on the year 4 curriculum or a 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3

Our interim reports will show the wording emerging for below average, expected for average and exceeding for above average. Our end of year reports will show their new grades as explained above.