Assessing Pupil Progress and Attainment

When are pupils assessed?

Teachers use the National Curriculum and assessment trackers to assess pupil's progress and attainment from a benchmark each half term.

How is the school assessing children in the year groups being taught the new National Curriculum from September 2014?

The attainment of children in Year 1 to Year 6 will be assessed against the new National Curriculum, using the model of attainment steps found in the STAT Sheffield materials. Attainment steps, as described in the attachment below, will replace the levels. Children progress through the steps as they master more of the National Curriculum statements.  

During the KS1 and KS2 stages of attainment children enter, develop and then become secure with the statements for each year group in turn. As before, this may not necessarily be when they are in that year group.

How will teachers make judgements about attainment?

Teachers will use planning and assessment grids. The child’s attainment step will be determined by the proportion of the appropriate curriculum they have mastered. All of the statements in the grids, which can be found on the STAT Sheffield website(, are taken directly from the new National Curriculum. The grids also include some Key Performance Indicators which children must master before they can move on. These underlined statements prevent gaps in learning from developing.


See our Assessment Policy below.