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In June 2013, the Government announced that the system of levels which schools had used to report the attainment and progress of children up to the age of 14 would be removed from September 2015.

As a result of this announcement, the current Year 7 students are the last to be awarded a level in the end of Key Stage 2 tests. From the summer of 2016, Year 6 students will be given an overall score for the SATs which schools will use to establish baselines for entry into Year 7 and to calculate targets for progress over their five years in secondary schools.

With the end of National Curriculum levels, schools were given the freedom to implement their own assessment procedures. For over 15 months, staff at Castle High school have been designing and then evaluating our new system which we have called our Assessment Expectations.

For students in Year 11, there will be no change to the grading system with which they are familiar. Students in Year 10 will now be graded in English and Maths on a scale of 9 - 1. Full details on the changes to GCSE grading can be found here.

Students in Years 7-9 will be graded at GCSE on the 9-1 scale in all subjects and this 9-1 grading system has been introduced for all students in all subjects this year.

Full details of how the new Assessment Expectations scheme works can be found in the Assessment Expectations Guide.