Assessment for Learning

Assessment is something that all staff use all the time to help ensure the learning in our classes for all the children is planned to help them each move forward.

We assess as we go – this is called Formative Assessment.

We also assess at the end of a block of teaching. This is called Summative Assessment and this is what is reported to parents at Parent Teacher meetings or in Reports. This data is also used to report children’s attainment to the Local Governing Body and Excalibur Academies Trust.

In September 2014, the National Curriculum changed and assessment reporting changed too.  Children are assessed against whether they are working at an EXPECTED standard, EXCEEDING or EXCELLING in it, or if they are EMERGING or DEVELOPING their skills.

Burbage Primary School part of the Excalibur Trust. June 2023.


Written reports are sent home to parents of children in Robins, Chaffinches, Woodpeckers, Kestrels and Kites just before Easter.

Reports for Wrens (Reception) are sent home just before the summer holiday

A ‘drop in’ session is available so that parents can see teachers about their child’s report in person if they wish.

Year 6 SATs

SATs for Y6 take place in May

These tests in English and maths will reflect the national curriculum, and are intended to be rigorous.  Click here for more information from the Government.

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths (papers in arithmetic and reasoning)
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests are set and marked externally; the results will be used to calculate your child’s progress and the school’s performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Writing is teacher assessed and moderated by the Local Authority regularly

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.

There are three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written)
  • Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

Key Stage 2 science is teacher assessed
Key Stage 1 assessments are for children in Year Two
Click here for more information from the government.

Our detailed school performance can be seen on the government’s ‘Find and compare schools in England’ website which can be found here.

2023 Results

Year 6 (Key Stage 2)

In 2023, 61% of our pupils achieved expected or above in Reading, Writing and Maths (combined), compared to 59% nationally.

2023 Year 6 SATs results

(23 in cohort)

School results

(expected and above)

National results

(expected and above)

Maths 83% 73%
Reading 83% 73%
Writing 61% 71%
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation 56% 72%
Reading, Writing and Maths combined 61% 59%

The government will not publish KS2 data for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. They have archived data from the 2018 to 2019 academic year because they recognise that the data from that year may no longer reflect current performance.

Year One Phonics Test

In Year One, the children are given national phonic tests. These assess the children’s ability to read different sounds, the building blocks of reading.

EYFS Assessments

At the end of Reception children are assessed through teacher assessment. A Good Level of Development (GLD) is defined as children working at or exceeding the expected standard in the key areas of literacy, maths, physical development, communication and language and personal, social and emotional development.

Burbage Primary School part of the Excalibur Trust. June 2023.