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Monday, 1 February 2016

Head Teacher's Letter to Parents incl. Parents' Days and new Pupil Attainment standards

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,

I am writing to inform you of the Parent Day dates for this term, which will be as follows:
  • Wednesday 3 February - Y6
  • Monday 14 March - Y3
  • Tuesday 15 March - Y4
  • Thursday 17 March - Y5
  • Friday 18 March - Reception
  • Monday 21 March - Y1
  • Wednesday 22 March - Y2
You may remember from the Parents’ Day meetings last term, that teachers in classes Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6, told you that the Department for Education (DfE) reformed primary assessment arrangements in September 2015.  Schools will no longer be measuring a child’s progress and attainment in levels, but in terms of scaled scores with 100 being the ‘expected standard’.  Children achieving a higher score than 100 will be considered as ‘working at a greater depth in the expected standard’.  The Government will only decide what score constitutes as ‘expected’ and ‘working at a greater depth’ after the new Key Stage tests have been completed.

During your child’s Parent Day the class teachers will have:
  • Assessed the progress and attainment your child has made since last September
  • Predicted (based on their learning so far) what their progress and attainment will be at the end of this academic year, or in the case of Y2 and Y6, whether your child will reach ‘expected’ in their end of Key Stage tests.
  • The above will be in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. In Year 6, your child will have a comment for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.
  • A comment will also be made on their learning in Religious Education, because in a Catholic school, this is classed as a core subject
The Government has also set ‘floor standards’ for attainment and progress.  To meet the minimum Government expectation, at least 65% of children must reach the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined, at the end of Key Stage 2.  In SMM last year 100% of pupils attained a level 4, which was then the expected standard.  Tests this year will harder and as yet we do not know what the expected standard will be!  Furthermore the staff and Governors do not consider ‘expected’ to be good enough.  Our aspirations and those of the children are aimed at doing better than the National norm.  This is why we constantly strive to improve children’s behaviour for learning, in order that they access the best quality teaching we offer.

At Parent Day, as well as discussing progress and attainment, teachers will make a comment on how good your child’s behaviour for learning is in class and around the School.

I hope that you will find this letter helpful in understanding the reforms the Government has made this year, but if you require further explanation, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher on Parent Day.

Graeme McGlasson-West
Head Teacher