From September 2014, we have implemented the new National Curriculum. The expectations of our children have risen as a result. The new National Curriculum does not have levels and this is an issue confronting all schools across the country. The school is currently investigating a method for replacing levels as a means of measuring the progress the children are making.
Whilst we currently retain levels as a means of measuring progress, we are planning to replace them in view of the fact that after our current year sixes take their SATs in May, levels will no longer be used for gauging how well children are doing. There are a number of potential approaches in the absence of one nationally agreed system. We will choose the system that works best for the children at St. Paul’s Primary School.
Our expectation is that following trials between now and the end of this academic year we will have a new system in place well before September 2015.