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Assessing beyond 2015

At St Paul’s we have implemented an approach that we have developed in partnership with   Target Tracker (Essex School Services) and Enfield Local Authority.  Children are now measured against age expected progress against a range of learning statements that are in the front cover of each child’s English and maths books. We refer to this as Age Related Expectations (ARE). Year groups are now referred to as Bands.  Bands are 1-6 which broadly correlate to year groups e.g. an average Y4 child will be working within Band 4. The bands are then broken up into six steps:


Band Group

Step description

Child voice

Band 1


Beginning (B)

You’ve begun

Beginning+ (B+)

You’ve started learning

Working within (W)

You’re getting the hang of it

Working within+ (W+)

You’re becoming confident

Secure (S)

You’ve got it

Secure+ (S+)

You can teach it!

Throughout the year the teacher ticks and dates the statements according to the level of understanding that a child has achieved.  By the end of the year an average child should have secure understanding in 85% of the statements.

At St Paul's we measure five steps in one academic year as ‘Good’ progress.  It is important to remember that it is not where the children begin that matters but where they finish and the progress they make throughout the year.  Where a child is at risk of not making 5 steps progress the school will make provision to support that child to help them to reach their end of year target.