Progression grids: Key Stage 3

Find out what good progress looks like in your subject. See examples of KS3 progression grids from schools to help you develop your own. You'll also find links to grids published by subject associations.

Last reviewed on 28 November 2022
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  1. Why use progression grids?
  2. School examples
  3. Subject-specific progression grids

Why use progression grids?

The National Curriculum sets out what should be taught in each Key Stage.

Some schools use progression grids to break down learning year by year. This can:

  • Help class teachers pitch their lessons appropriately
  • Provide a benchmark for what school leaders should expect to see when scrutinising each year group or phase

School examples

You'll find examples of a range of progression grids below that have been written for all subjects across the curriculum. These are used by the schools as both planning and assessment tools.

Subject-specific progression grids

The links below will take you to assessment and progression grids from a range of subject teaching associations.

Please note: You may have to pay to access some of these grids – we've marked these with a £ (the inclusion of these products in this article does not represent an endorsement from The Key).