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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

New Curriculum and Assessment without levels

The National Curriculum changed in 2014 to support teaching without levels. As a school we use this as a basis for our irresistible curriculum and are being bold and ambitious in our approach to leaning and teaching within the school. We use the Interim framework to set targets and develop learning outcomes for the children. This is used in conjunction with our tracking system which provides a gap analysis for the children's coverage of the outcomes and also to generate progress measures. These were only introduced within school in September 2018 and will take some time to embed. Information from this will be shared at consultation evenings and with the new termly reports.

We believe that by providing your children with a deep and rich curriculum and working with you as partners we will gain the best education for the children. Our new tracking system provides a clear view of every child for both attainment and progress. The school historically has not made good enough progress and we are working hard to rectify this. 

Pupil progress meetings take place every half term where we come together and discuss the children and what we are doing for them. This informs the planning and teaching for the next hal term and also if any interventions or enrichment acitvities are required. All staff enter their own data based on a range of tests and measures used within school. These provide us with a view of the whole child as we monitor all subjects as required within the National Curriculum. This makes teaching purposeful and relevant. We do not teach to the test as our absolute belief is that if we provide all the tools required the children will flourish. This is inline with our school vision.