Any primary teachers here?

(17 Posts)
rollonthesummer Tue 26-Jan-16 21:54:17

Can you possibly answer a couple of questions for me?!

What has your school used to replace levels?
What is each band split into (emerging/developing/secure etc)
What do you think of how it's done in your school?

Doowrah Wed 27-Jan-16 17:58:06

Hi Rollon..we are doing Beginning,Working Within,Secure and still playing it by ear...trying to figure how to show progress etc I quite like it..(Saying this quietly)wink

jellycake Wed 27-Jan-16 18:08:12

Hi we are on life without levels version 2. Both equally as crap imho we have working towards ARE low, medium high; working at ARE low, medium high; working above low....you get the picture

Tillyscoutsmum Wed 27-Jan-16 18:12:42

We have emerging, expected, exceeding. It's impossible difficult to show progress during the year because the key skills are based on yearly coverage.

hollieberrie Wed 27-Jan-16 18:46:06

We are also doing emerging expected exceeding.

DullUserName Wed 27-Jan-16 20:00:48

Emerging, Developing, Secure, Mastered ... and Master plus!

BatmanLovesPeaceAndQuiet Wed 27-Jan-16 20:23:44

Beginning, Within, Secure.

Agree about the impossibility of showing progress sad

WombatStewForTea Wed 27-Jan-16 20:28:09

Created our own system which seems to be working with using entering, developing, securing and greater depth. Just trying to nail the tracking side of things and how to track SEN which is a bit of a nightmare at the moment!

Dixiechick1991 Wed 27-Jan-16 20:32:02

We use class track with B, WT1 (working towards 1), wt2, wt3, ARE.

So far I've found only 7% of my class are on track to reach ARE because everyone's too terrified to change their children to "meeting the objective" because the objectives are revisited throughout the year!
It's causing a lot of flapping I think but seems that as a whole school every class has very very low percentages!

PurpleAlerts Wed 27-Jan-16 20:57:58

We are using an assessment system called "Symphony." otherwise known as "money for old rope"
It splits the age related expectations into a progression of skills over three terms entitled Emerging, Developing and Secure.

Pupils who achieve above secure (some call it "mastery" ) we add + as it is forbidden to teach them the material for the year above. We are informed that is because the new curriculum is more challanging and in year 6 the expected level is more like the old level 5. Not sure how that caters for very very bright children who would have easily achieved level 6 hmm

Children can get a + in any term if they have achieved that band but are not quite into the next one. e.g. a child can get E+ if they have acheived the emerging band and some of the developing but not quite enough for the whole band.

Fedup21 Wed 27-Jan-16 21:06:13

My school is using Target Tracker which splits each band into
Beginning
Beginning+
Within
Within +
Secure
Secure +
Mastery

It's very confusing! There are also 'key performance indicators' which are the most important statements (begging the question, why do we still have to look at all the others!!) and endless statements to highlight.

I'm in y2 as well and the interim statements which we will be assessing against in May don't seem to tally with these statements at all anyway?!

It's a shambles!!

What was wrong with the old levels...!?

jarofcalm Wed 27-Jan-16 22:16:05

We're using emerging/em +, developing/dev + and secure/sec +

Very much a work in progress as to how to assess according to those levels.

SawdustInMyHair Wed 27-Jan-16 22:33:19

We're using Myra Barrs -

Significantly below ARE
Below
At
Above
Significantly above

'At' includes a few old sublevels, the others get narrower level-wise.

suze28 Wed 27-Jan-16 23:06:59

We're using Symphony too and use emerging, developing and secure and also assign a + if a proportion of the next band is highlighted. We started off using writing, maths and english but have now decided to use it for foundation subjects too.

PurpleAlerts Thu 28-Jan-16 08:02:47

Yes we use them for foundation subjects too.

As if teachers didn't have enough paperwork to do with all the triple marking which some of the children can't even f**king read so you have to read it to them... hmm

Fedup21 Thu 28-Jan-16 18:12:52

We're using Symphony too and use emerging, developing and secure and also assign a + if a proportion of the next band is highlighted.

We have been forbidden from highlighting anything from the year above band!!

suze28 Thu 28-Jan-16 20:11:52

Fedup
I didn't mean the year up, just the next block eg 3e+ for a yr3 emerging child with elements of developing highlighted.

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