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Assessment – Herne Steps


Herne Steps

A guide to assessment at Herne


Assessing without levels

In September 2014, the new National Curriculum was introduced.  The Government removed the former national curriculum assessment levels (2c, 2b, etc) because the new curriculum has higher standards and expectations. However no new levels for assessment have been introduced nationally.


From September 2015 all pupils will be taught and assessed against the new National Curriculum.  We are therefore in a new era of ‘assessing without levels’.  There is now no national requirement from the government about how schools should assess and record progress.  It is therefore up to each school to develop its own system.  Working closely with the Coastal Alliance Schools and in particular Herne CE Junior School, we have agreed upon a system of assessment called The Herne Steps. We have already trialled this system and moderated with other schools in East Kent and it is proving to be a useful and accurate assessment tool.  The Herne Steps enable teachers to assess pupils’ learning against age-related steps and learning statements.


What does this mean for you?

We will share with you whether your child is on track to reach the expected step at the end of the year.  Under the new National Curriculum children must only work on the objectives for their year group and cannot be taught skills from a higher year group.  For those children who have reached their end of year expectations, the teachers will provide a range of learning opportunities that offer a greater depth and breadth of understanding specific to their year group.  If your child is working towards the age-related step your class teacher will explain, through parent consultations, reports and parent-teacher dialogue, the skills that your child needs to acquire in order to achieve the age-related step at the end of the year.

We recognise the importance and value of learning at home.  During the year, your child’s teacher will share with you the knowledge and skills that your child is learning at school and how you can support this at home. We hope you find the published Herne Steps helpful.  Thank you for your support in our learning partnership.

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