The children at TBS are assessed in one way or another throughout all the Key Stages. This may be an informal measurement of progress, strengths and weaknesses that can inform teachers on how to help the children meet and exceed their potential or the more formal assessments such as public examinations like the A Level. Below you can find how the children are assessed at each Key Stage.
In EYFS the children are assessed using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profiles. These assess the progress made in EYFS covering 6 key areas both academic and social:
- Personal Social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem Solving Reasoning and Number
- Knowledge and Understanding of the world
- Physical Development
- Creative Development
Assessment is carried out throughout the Foundation Year by the class teacher and teaching assistants. The assessments are done through observation and the children will not know that they are being assessed. It is a very helpful assessment tool and helps guide the teachers in Year 1 when more formal education begins.
Key Stage One
Towards the end of Year 2, children take the End of Key Stage One NCTs. These are in Literacy and Numeracy and the children do not know they are being formally tested. The testing and marking is done by the class teacher using the same tests and mark schemes that are used in the UK. The results are then used to assess progress and inform the teachers. By the end of Key Stage One the average pupil should be at level 2 and could be at level 3. Levels are measured formally twice a year throughout Year 1 and 2 and through ongoing teacher assessment to see how the pupils are progressing
Key Stage Two
At the end of Year 6 pupils take the End of Key Stage 2 NCTs. These are in English and Mathematics (the Science test was withdrawn after the 2009 session). The tests are the same as those sat in the UK and are sent away to the UK to be marked and assess the work done in Years 3 to 6. In Years 3 to 6 the children are assessed during the year to judge progress. In subjects other than English and Maths, the teacher assesses the level that pupils are at on the same scale, but no tests are available for other subjects. The teacher assessed levels are recorded for the use of teachers in judging progress. At the end of Year 6, the average student is expected to be at Level 4, but some will be at the maximum level for KS2, that being level 5.
National Curriculum Levels
Instead of a letter grade the children in Year 2 to Year 9 are assessed using National Curriculum levels which run from 1c to 7a (except Maths which has a level 8). Each level is broken down into a sublevel a, b, c. The expected level of an average student for each key stage is:
- KS1 – Level 2
- KS2 – Level 4
- KS3 – Level 5/6 (depends on the subject)
A word of warning about levels…
Students are expected to progress through the levels, but this progression is not a straight line upward curve. It is actually more of an undulating climb. Levels also differ during the year within a subject due to the subject matter being covered at that time.
In August of Years 4 to 12 all the children sit a Cognitive Abilities Test. This is an assessment of their skills in three areas – verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. The test is used by teachers and mentors to set targets for the children and to assess areas of strengths and weaknesses that can be addressed over the year
Children at TBS receive written reports during and at the end of the academic year.
In Primary, Topic Talks are held for parents at the start of each term. Class teachers highlight the topics and the key curriculum information that is being taught that term. Near the end of each term parents are invited to meet with teachers at parent teacher interviews to discuss their child’s progress. Each child receives an annual report at the end of the summer term which gives a detailed overview of the child’s progress for that academic year. Should a child leave before the end of the academic year, then a leaver’s report is compiled highlighting progress since the last school report.