Harris Academies
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Assessing Learning & Progress

Pupil progress and assessment guidance for parents/carers

How do we assess pupil progress? 

Our teachers are continuously assessing pupil progress by asking questions,  marking and listening to pupils to review both understanding and the application of skills during lessons. This style of formative assessment  underpins your child's progress and learning and also enables teachers to plan  teaching so that it precisely supports children's next steps. 

There are a number of significant changes to the way Primary pupils are being assessed nationwide. Pupils currently in Years 2 and 6 will undertake the final set of  Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) during the Summer Term. The expectation is that Y6 will achieve at least a secure level (4B) in reading, writing and mathematics to prepare them for their next stage at secondary school.

The phonics check for Year 1 pupils in June will continue and is administered one-to-one. This is  to assess our pupils phonological knowledge and early reading skills. This way we can ensure pupils are on track in their reading and if necessary, provide additional targeted support to catch up. 

Pupils in Years 1, 3 5 & 6 will be assessed each term using the National Curriculum expectations. We will continue to report their progress to you - but not using levels. We will run parent sessions to keep you updated and to explain these changes. The tests will be standardised and provide you with useful information.

During this time of transition we will continue to monitor all our pupils learning and progress carefully each half term. You will continue to be invited to attend a meeting each term to talk to the teacher about your child’s learning. Please lo let us know if you would like an interpreter to attend and support you.

For further information, you may find our Feedback Policy (below) useful.

Progression through Nursery and Reception in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework sets the standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to age five. Development Matters (The British Association for Early Childhood Education) is the guidance material to support practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS Framework and measure progress.

In the Early Years children are assessed from the time they start our nursery to the end of reception.  Teachers, Nursery Nurses and support staff observe closely, record and plan next steps against the development statements set out in Development Matters. The development statements are organised into age bands as follows:

Birth – 11 months

8 – 20 months

16 – 26 months

22- 36 months

30 – 50 months

40 – 60 months

The age/stage bands overlap because these are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development for babies, toddlers and children at this stage. The development statements are related to areas of learning. The areas of learning are defined by prime and specific areas as follows:


Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making Relationships
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Physical Development

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self-Care

Communication and Language

  • Listening And Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking
Specific Areas


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the World

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive Art and Design

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative


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