High quality assessment is at the heart of good teaching and at Gainsborough every pupil’s progress is carefully assessed, monitored, tracked, recorded and reported in accordance with school policy and Government regulations. Target setting and identifying specific pupil level ‘next steps’ are an integral part of this process.

As a school we formally assess children in reading, writing and maths each term. In addition to this, pupils take part in statutory national assessments at the end of Year 2 and 6. Pupils in Year 1 take a Phonics Screening test in June and pupils in their reception year are assessed agianst the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The results of all statutory assessments are reported to parents annually.


Assessment arrangements from September 2015 – ‘Assessing without levels’ 

In 2015 the DfE announced that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels and that schools would have to set up their own way of assessing pupils.

At Gainsborough pupils are assessed against end of year age related expectations. These expectations, in line with the new National Curriculum, set out the minimum requirements a learner must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the year in line with age expected standards.

Pupils are assessed using on-going formative teacher assessments as well as more formal summative tests at the end of each term and a judgement is made about their attainment as follows:


Emerging—A child who is ‘emerging’ is working towards the end of year expectations for their age group.

Meeting—A child who is ‘meeting’ is secure in the majority of the end of year expectations for their age group.

Advancing —A child who is ‘Advancing’ is secure in all of the end of year expectations for their age group and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently in different contexts.


The New Curriculum focuses very much on ensuring children have a breadth of understanding within the concepts and skills they learn. The application of skills and understanding across a wide range of curriculum areas is key. Rather than moving ‘up’ the stages, the focus is on moving ‘outwards’ developing a deeper understanding.

You can view the end of year age related expectations for reading, writing and maths under the Curriculum tab.


Pupil Achievements

Achievements are celebrated in many ways – displays, assemblies, website and at the front of the school. The children are constantly nurtured by the staff, focusing on their wealth of achievements across the whole curriculum and it is our desire to want the children to strive to achieve higher and higher every week and their very best every day!

A child’s achievements, progress and targets for the future are discussed at Parent/Teacher meetings to enable the ‘home-school’ partnership to be as supportive as possible. Our aim throughout the academic year is to maintain a dialogue between home and school.

An annual report of the child’s achievements is sent to parents at the end of the Spring term and a  “Foundation Stage Profile” is completed for each child during the Reception Year.

For more information on assessment please see our Assessment Policy.

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