Statutory Assessment at a Glance
Schools have a statutory requirement to assess and report on the Areas of Learning, the Cross-Curricular Skills (Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT) and the Other Skills (Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities).
The table below shows the statutory assessment requirements for Key Stage 3.
|Key Stage 3|
|Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
|Assess pupil progress in each Area of Learning.|
|Assess pupil progress in the Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT with reference to the Levels of Progression.|
|Report the numerical outcomes achieved in the Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT.|
|Assess pupil progress in the Other Skills (Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities).|
Schools can choose how they wish to assess the Areas of Learning and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. As part of this process, teachers should plan to assess across the curriculum, using a variety of assessment approaches that allow pupils to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do.
In Key Stage 3, teachers must use the Levels of Progression to assess pupils’ achievement in each Cross-Curricular Skill. They should use a range of assessments based on pupils’ work to make their judgements. For pupils at the end of Key Stage 3 (Year 10), schools must also report the numerical level each pupil has achieved for each Cross-Curricular Skill.
There are statutory arrangements for end of key stage assessment of the Cross-Curricular Skills, including moderation and reporting outcomes. See the Assessing the Cross-Curricular Skills section for more information.
Schools must inform parents about their child’s educational and other achievements. This will include sharing the outcomes of teacher assessment with parents, for example in the annual report. See the Reporting section for more information.