Assessment Reform


How does my child know where they are and how they need to improve in their learning?

At Riverside we use weekly feedback marking to engage in learning dialogues with the children. The process of feedback marking ensures that learning targets are precise, tailored to individual learning needs and given with great frequency. Through our feedback, we clearly communicate and give the children time to reflect on where they are at in their learning and what they need to do next to improve. Also, learning challenges are discussed and recorded by the children in each lesson so as to ensure all learners have a secure understanding of exactly what they need to do to be successful.


What does feedback marking look like?






What about my child’s ‘level’?

As a part of the Government’s reforms to the national curriculum, the system of ‘levels’ to report children’s attainment and progress has been removed and will not be replaced. This has allowed us to have greater flexibility in the way we plan and assess pupil’s learning. At Riverside we use a point system to rigorously track and monitor progress in line with the new national curriculum. Class teachers, at your request, will discuss with you at parent/carer meetings whether your child is achieving above, in-line with, or below the national average expectations for attainment.

The national curriculum tests and teacher assessment at the end of key stage 2 will be reported in levels for the last time in summer 2015, as pupils in Year 6 this year have not been taught the new national curriculum. The first new key stage 2 tests in English, mathematics and science, based on the new national curriculum, will be sat by pupils for the first time in the summer of 2016. The exact methodology of how the outcomes of the tests will be reported is still to be determined by the Government. We at Riverside are engaged in a continual dialogue with the appropriate stakeholders so as to ensure information pertaining to the reporting of national curriculum tests is communicated to you as soon as it is available.