Starting from September 2016, Charlton-on-Otmoor C.E. Primary will be using a new system of assessment which will clearly show attainment and track progress.

21 Steps Assessment

Assessment is a crucial aspect of teaching and learning as it provides both pupils and teachers with the vital information which informs the next steps to be taken.

Assessment can be oral, written, observational, discrete, on-going…the list is long and it can be conducted by teachers and teaching assistants, the children themselves through peer assessment and, occasionally, by external examiners!

21 Steps is a system which allows greater pupil engagement with their own development as their next steps are always visible to them and guides teachers through their planning of threads and activities for children achieving at different levels.

Each year group is split into three steps, starting from Reception Year with steps 1 – 3 and progressing up to year 6 where steps 19-21 are the expected standard.

The revised National Curriculum of 2014 considerably raised the bar in terms of national expectations of children and these steps reflect those changes. Pupils are expected to achieve “at the expected standard”. Some may achieve “the expected standard at greater depth” and a few may dip below that expected standard at times in their school career (targets and interventions are in place to help them reach these), but the point of the 21 Steps system is that it promotes the tracking of pupils at every step of their progress allowing staff, pupils and their parents to see achievements and progress. Pupils' achievement or steps are carefully monitored and moderated in school and in partnership schools.

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