Assessment is an integral part at Burlish Park Primary School, driving improvement for pupils and teachers. It helps to track pupil progress against National Curriculum objectives and enables us to give reliable information to parents about their child, and how their child’s school is performing.

Since September 2015 we have used an assessment system which focuses on whether each child is working…

  • at the expected standard for their age
  • below the expected standard because of gaps in their learning or understanding
  • above the expected standard, recognised as greater depth of learning

Each year group is expected to master a set of age-related objectives from the National Curriculum to meet the expected standard for their age. Teachers continually assess progress towards these to inform planning and identify pupil targets.

During the course of the year, we would expect children to move through three stages – one each term – giving 3 points progress a year:

Emerging –   by the end of Autumn term

Developing – by the end of Spring term

Secure –by the end of Summer term


Our main aim is that every pupil is secure within their age related expectation by the end of the year – for example, a pupil in Year 4 would have a target to be ‘Year 4 Secure’ by the end of the year. (Y4S)

In addition, some pupils may achieve a ‘depth of learning’ grade, shown by a hashtag – #3 or #4. (Y4S#3)

A minority of pupils may be working on objectives in a year band below their own; they will receive support to help them make accelerated progress (more than 3 points) to catch up with their peers.

The Early Years curriculum and assessment system in Nursery and Reception remains unchanged and continues to be measured as Entering, Developing or Secure within the age bands 22-36 months, 30-50 months and 40-60 months. At the end of Reception, children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals.