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  • Assessing progress in foundation subjects (primary) Understand how to assess effectively in foundation subjects with advice from an education consultant and examples of practice in 2 primary schools.
  • Assessing reading (primary) Read guidance on how to assess guided reading, and learn how schools assess pupils' abilities. You'll also find links to examples of assessment resources, and further guidance on assessing whole-class reading.
  • Assessment approaches: maths (primary) Are there assessment models for maths? In this article, we refer to examples of assessment models based on the objectives in the maths National Curriculum. We also link to more information about the NAHT framework for assessment.
  • Assessment cycles (primary) See examples of assessment cycles from primary schools, with details of which assessments are conducted for different groups of pupils throughout the school year.
  • KS1 and KS2 'pupil-speak' assessment statements Use and adapt examples of pupil-speak assessment statements for Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2, and read advice from our expert on using 'I can' statements with the National Curriculum.
  • Learning objectives and success criteria (primary) Find out what learning objectives and success criteria are and how to use them to make sure what's been taught in your subject matches your curriculum intent. Plus, download and share our examples with your teachers.
  • Marking ladders: English and maths (primary) Are there any marking ladders for English and maths? We look at different examples of marking ladders for maths and English, and link to numeracy success ladders. We also refer to local authority guidance on the potential difficulty of using maths marking ladders as a form of maths assessment.
  • Moderation of teacher assessment: proformas and guidance Are there proformas for moderating teacher assessments? This article features three KeyDoc proformas to help schools moderate teacher assessments under the National Curriculum. We also relay expert advice on conducting effective moderation.
  • Progression grids: primary Progression grids can help teachers understand what progress looks like for their pupils. Have a look at these examples of subject and skills progression grids to help you develop your own.
  • Setting targets in primary schools Find out about setting targets under a mastery curriculum model, and have a look at examples of approaches different primary schools take for agreeing pupils’ targets.
  • What are age-related expectations? What are age-related expectations? We highlight information from the Department for Education and Ofsted on age-related expectations and performance descriptors, and share advice from our associate education experts. We also cite examples from primary schools.
  • Year-end expectations in English (primary) What are the year-end expectations for English? We set out expectations from the National Curriculum primary programmes of study, and look at examples of documents from schools that further split these expectations up by year to measure pupil achievement.
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  • Autumn 2020 phonics screening: how to administer the check UpdatedYou're required to administer a past version of the phonics screening check to year 2 pupils who missed the year 1 summer check because of coronavirus. Be clear on your responsibilities, including how to report the results to your LA.
  • Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessments Feel confident carrying out statutory teacher assessment this year with guidance on the changes to the framework, assessing against the standards, and submitting data.
  • Key Stage 1 assessments: statutory requirements What are the statutory requirements for Key Stage (KS) 1 assessments? In this article, we refer to the assessment and reporting arrangements document for KS1 in 2016/17, and we outline the requirements for KS1 tests, teacher assessments and the phonics screening check.
  • Key Stage 1 SATs access arrangements Find out what they are, who they're for and if you need to apply for them.
  • Key Stage 1 tests in 2019 Prepare for the Key Stage (KS) 1 tests in 2019 with guidance on administering, marking and scoring the tests. You will find links to practice test materials and the scaled score conversion tables.
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  • KS2 SATs
    • Key Stage 1 and 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling tests The Key Stage 1 grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) test is optional, but it's statutory for pupils in KS2. Read about the format of the test, and view sample materials from the Standards and Testing Agency.
    • Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs: content domains What are ‘content domains’ in relation to end-of-Key-Stage tests? We relay advice from the Standards and Testing Agency on what ‘content domains’ are. We also look at whether Key Stage 2 tests include questions about curriculum content covered from years 3-6.
    • Key Stage 1 and 2 tests: analysis tools Are there analysis tools for Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2 tests? Question level analysis data for the 2017 tests is provided by Analyse School Performance. We relay advice on conducting test analysis from one of our associate education experts and link to commercial examples.
    • Key Stage 2 SATs access arrangements Know what they are, who they're for and when to apply for them.
    • Key Stage 2 SATs: can parents withdraw their children? UpdatedFind out who decides which pupils participate in KS2 SATs and get advice on how to handle objections from parents.
    • Key Stage 2 SATs in 2019 Prepare for KS2 SATs in 2019 with our summary of the test format, schedule and scoring. We link to practice materials you can use to help pupils prepare.
    • Key Stage 2 SATs in 2020 We summarise the 2020 Key Stage 2 SATs in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
    • Key Stage 2 SATs: using a reader Can we read test questions to pupils? We set out the Standards and Testing Agency's guidelines on when pupils may have readers in Key Stage 2 tests. You will also find advice on evidencing a pupil’s eligibility for a reader, and answers to some frequently asked questions about using readers.
    • Key Stage 2 SATs: which pupils shouldn't take them? Not all pupils have to take part in Key Stage 2 SATs. Find out which pupils shouldn't take the test and your requirements to inform parents of your decision.
    • KS2 SATs toolkit Prepare for this year's KS2 SATs with our 2019 toolkit. Learn everything you need to know to administer the tests and teacher assessments, keep up with key dates with our printable planner, and download templates to help you report to parents.
    • KS2 teacher assessment: pupils working below the standard of the tests You should use the pre-Key Stage 2 standards to assess pupils working below the standard of the SATs. Learn how to use standards and how pupils assessed using the pre-Key Stage standards are included in performance measures.
    • Standardisation and exemplification materials for writing (primary) Is there a proforma for standardising writing samples? This article features a KeyDoc proforma for standardising writing samples against the English curriculum attainment targets. We also link to examples of exemplification materials from the STA and a local authority.
    • Year 4 multiplication tables check: requirements and guidance UpdatedFind out what you'll need to do to administer the year 4 multiplication tables check – a statutory requirement for 2020/21. Know how to log in to the online system so you can make sure pupils are prepared to take the check.
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    • Assessing and monitoring pupils' progress in maths (primary) How can teachers assess and monitor pupils' progress in mathematics? In this article, we link to guidance and assessment activities from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. You will also find good practice case studies on monitoring progress in maths from Ofsted.
    • Assessing pupil progress from the EYFS to KS1 How can we assess progress from the EYFS to KS1? We look at how schools can use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) profile handbook to assess pupils from the EYFS to Key Stage 1 (KS1). We also look at how to manage assessment for pupils with SEN as they move from the EYFS to KS1.
    • Monitoring the progress of vulnerable pupils: gathering evidence What evidence should we use to track vulnerable pupils' progress? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on data schools can use when monitoring the progress of vulnerable pupils. We also look at a behaviour-tracking tool for vulnerable pupils from a local authority.
    • Pupil premium: tracking pupil progress Analyse the impact of your pupil premium interventions by downloading our tracking tool.
    • Tracking progress in science (primary) Are there examples of science progress trackers for the National Curriculum? This article points to science progress trackers that have been created by practitioners and a commercial provider. We also link to further articles on internal assessment, including on creating a consistent assessment system.
    • Tracking pupil progress in primary schools: examples Read how 3 primary schools track progress using their own assessment systems. One of our experts also explains how you can track progress for pupils with KS1 results reported as National Curriculum levels.
    • Tracking pupil progress: proformas (primary) Are there templates for tracking pupil progress? We link to templates for tracking pupil progress based on objectives in the National Curriculum, created by a union and a deputy headteacher. We also link to more articles on tracking progress.
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