You may be aware that the current National Curriculum is going through some important reforms at present. In fact these are the most significant changes in almost a quarter of a century.
As part of the reforms, the current system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s’ attainment and progress will be removed and will not be replaced. By removing levels it is envisaged that teachers will have greater flexibility in the way that they plan and assess students’ learning. There are new programmes of study which set out expectations at the end of each key stage, and all schools will develop a curriculum relevant to their students that teaches this content. It is therefore vitally important that our new curriculum concentrates on the essential knowledge and skills every child should have to be successful.
As well as the changes to the programmes of study (content) there are also major changes to the way that students’ progress and attainment will be measured and reported. The removal of levels means that we now to have to decide how best to assess students’ progress and attainment.
We are committed to having everything in place for September 2015 and our teachers have been planning for these important changes for some time. In order that this can be achieved our Governing Body has agreed to an additional INSET (teacher training) day on Monday 29th June. Students will therefore not be in school on this day.
I appreciate that this is an addition to the school calendar and would like to apologise for the possible inconvenience that this may cause. However, I feel that it will be time very well spent given the raft of changes that the Government introduced and I would like to thank you for your support.
Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy.
Mr P Wilson
A hard copy of the letter sent home to parents/carers on Thursday 21st May 2015 can be downloaded below: