Attainment, Progress and Achievement
We are a good school that is committed to improving further with a clear focus on maximising the achievement and progress of each child.
Attainment is…a result given at a specific point in time such as a score on a maths test.
Progress is…the way in which a child’s attainment scores change over time. For example, achieving 5/10 in a times table test one week and 7/10 the following week.
Achievement is…the way in which a child’s progress and attainment match up with what is expected of them.
At St Barnabas, we use the following terminology to measure the attainment and progress of our pupils:
Greater Depth – working above the expected standard for their age.
Expected – working at the expected standard for their age.
Working Towards – working close to the expected standard for their age.
Working Below – working below the expected standard for their age.
Our teachers measure the attainment of pupils periodically throughout the year using small assessment opportunities to help get a picture of each child’s learning so far and to help identify areas for further improvement. A summary of attainment information may be shared with you at different points during the year including parent’s meetings, children’s reports and informal meetings where necessary.
At St Barnabas, the progress of our pupils is measured throughout the year by comparing prior attainment with current attainment. It is also measured nationally by comparing pupil’s SATs attainment in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Progress scores may be higher than attainment scores for pupils whose starting points are below expected standards or for those who have additional needs.
A pupil’s achievement is based on both their attainment and progress considering their individual starting points. Achievement measures consider the ‘story’ of the attainment levels and may take into account additional needs, those newly arriving to the country, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with English as an additional language. Therefore, for some children, progress may be significantly higher than attainment.
All children are expected to complete five nationally collated assessments during their time in Primary education.
Reception – Early Years
Children’s statutory school education starts at 5 years old in Reception class.
The Early Years attainment measures aim for 'A Good Level of Development' by the end of this school year. This can be achieved if children meet the Early Learning Goals for their age in:
Year 1 - Key Stage 1
Children’s phonics knowledge is assessed during this year. Children sit a ‘Phonics screening check’ and are measured as to whether they achieve the expected standard at that age.
Year 2 – Key Stage 1
Children sit National Key Stage 1 SATs measuring outcomes in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Year 4 – Key Stage 2
Children sit the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) which determines whether they can recall their times tables fluently.
Year 6 – Key Stage 2
Children sit National Key Stage 2 SATs measuring outcomes in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Children are given a scaled scores for attainment and progress scores to measure their progress over time.