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)Are there any examples of primary school assessment cycles? In this article, we link to documents from four primary schools which set out their assessment cycles for the school year. We also link to further articles on assessment, including how to develop a consistent assessment system
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 guidanceAre 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: primaryProgression 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 schoolsFind 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.
Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessmentsFeel 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 requirementsWhat 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 tests in 2019Prepare 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.
Phonics screening checkPass mark is 32 in 2019. Find out all you need to know about the phonics screening check and how to report the results.
Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs: content domainsWhat 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 toolsAre 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: can parents withdraw their children?Parents may ask for their child to be withdrawn from KS2 SATs, but headteachers decide whether a pupil will participate. We set out the guidance in the SATs assessment and reporting arrangements, and relay advice on what you can do if parents protest or refuse to let their child sit the tests.
Key Stage 2 SATs in 2019Prepare 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 2020We 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 readerCan 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.
KS2 SATs toolkitPrepare 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.
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.
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 KS1How 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 evidenceWhat 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.
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: 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.