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Statutory National Assessments (SATs)

Statutory National Assessments are carried out at the three phases of the primary structure:

Phonics Testing in Year 1 (children who have not met the standards in Y1 are retested in Y2)

End of Key Stage 1 (Year 2, age 6-7)

End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6 age 10-11)


More information about end of Key Stage tests can be found by clicking the links below:





Assessing and Tracking Pupils Progress

The bands give the level of  attainment. This means that Year 1 is band 1, and so on until Year 5 is  band 5 and Year 6 is band 6.

Because  all children are individual and develop at different rates and have differing needs, they will work in the band which is appropriate to them to make sure that learning makes sense. Extra help or challenge is given to make sure they are learning at the right level.

Progress within bands:

As children develop through each Band, we track their progress very carefully. Each Band is broken into 3 steps which roughly represents a term’s progress. Over the year the steps are called:     

’beginning’ (B)  ‘within’ (W) and ‘secure’ (S)*

Year Autumn Spring Summer
1 1 B 1 W 1 S
2 2 B 2 W 2 S
3 3 B 3 W 3 S
4 4 B 4 W 4 S
5 5 B 5 W 5 S

Teachers can further break down each step into two in order  to tightly track children’s progress and ensure they are constantly moving forwards and building on their previous learning. The extra steps are denoted with a ‘+’ 

So 2W+ shows a child is working very well within Band 2, and teachers will be looking to move them to 2S

4S+ would show a child is very secure at band 4, and teachers will be preparing them to move to Band 5

1B+ would show a child has an excellent basis to begin level 1, and teachers will be ready to move them to 1W.

This gives a total of 6 steps for a year. Where ever children begin their learning in September we expect them to make at least 6 steps progress So if they  start at 2W+ in Year 3, we generally will expect them to be at least 3W+ at the end of Year 3.  Over time accelerated progress of more than 6 steps will close gaps.


Tracking Progress in the EYFS

Children in the EYFS continue to be tracked on the Development Matters bands of the Early years Foundation Stage Curriculum. By the end of their Foundation Year in school it is expected that they reach the ‘Early Learning Goals’.

At the beginning of the year a ‘baseline’ assessment is made of everything they can do so teachers know what they need to learn next. This is shared at the first parents’ evening of the year.

Children are tracked through their reading, writing and maths development by what they write down, through careful observation of what they can do, how they interact with others and how they explain what they know.

A learning Journey is kept of their development—which we will share with you through out the year,  parents can  contribute to this to include what children can do and are   interested in at home.

At the end of the EYFS year the EYFS Profile completes the picture of everything they have learnt, and are able to do.  This is reported to parents in July, so parents know if their child is at the age related expectation, is emerging into this  or exceeding above. Most importantly it shows how much progress has been made from the baseline, and so teachers in Year 1 are ready to teach them their next steps in the National Curriculum.


Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to help my child?

There is so much parents can help with, reading is very important along with time tables, spellings and practicing number bonds. Also completing homework as well talking about what they are learning at school. Our website has links to supporting website and the BBC website where there are lots of fun games to support primary learning. Your class teacher will also give you some specific pointers to help your child at home.

What do teachers use to gauge children’s progress?

Children’s independent work is the biggest indicator of what they can do and how they do it.  Teachers use this on a daily basis to know and check pupil understanding and progress. Special pieces of work to inform assessment is set up throughout the year. This is done along side  Reading and Spelling age tests, the Phonic screen in Yr 1, Year end tests in KS2 and the EYFS Profile .

How do all schools know that their judgements about progress and attainment match up with each other? 

At Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School we work across the school and with other local schools to  agree and ’moderate’ attainment levels. All school also have external moderation from the Local Authority. Target Tracker also enables use to moderate against  samples of work nationally.

What happens when my child goes to High School?

High schools too will have their own systems and will work with the primaries to ensure that the systems work together, so there is continuity for children’s progress.

Do the teachers use any other forms of assessment?

Through out all lessons teachers continuously monitor and assess learning, ensuring that any misconceptions pupils have in learning are quickly addressed, so that they can continue to make progress within that session.

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