What is the new system for primary school test results?
In 2014 the Department for Education (DfE) announced changes to the National Curriculum.
As part of the changes, the ‘levels’ system previously used to report on children’s attainment was removed. From 2016, SATs results were reported using scaled scores.
What is a scaled score?
Each child is given a scaled score as a number. This is based on his/her raw score – the number of marks he/she receives in a test. Children may achieve a score of:
- Below 100, meaning they have not achieved the ‘expected standard’
- 100, meaning that they have reached the ‘expected standard’
- Above 100, meaning that they have exceeded the ‘expected standard’
For children in year 2 taking the Key Stage (KS) 1 tests, scores range from 85 to 115. In year 6 (KS2) they range from 80 to 120. A child who reaches the expected standard (100 or above) is considered to be ready for the next stage of his or her education.
Why use scaled scores?
Scaled scores help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next.
For example, if two children achieve the same scaled scores in different tests in different years, they will have the same level of attainment.
How will results be reported in year 2?
Most children in year 2 will have taken tests in maths and reading. Teachers will convert children’s raw scores into scaled scores to see if they have met the national standard. They will combine this information with what they already know from teaching your child. You will find out whether your child has met the standard of the test, but the scores won’t be published. If you would like to see your child’s score, please contact the school.
How will results be reported in year 6?
Most children in year 6 will have taken tests in maths, reading, and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Your child’s end-of-year report will include their scaled score and clear confirmation as to whether they have met the national standard. Some schools also took ‘sample’ science tests. However, these results will not be reported.
Should I be worried if my child does not meet the expected standard?
There is no reason to worry. The tests are designed to help identify where children may need extra support as early as possible.
Your child will also receive teacher assessment results which help to give a broader picture of how well they are doing. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s teacher.
Is it true that the tests have been more difficult since the curriculum changes?
Yes, it is true that these tests have been more challenging than the tests based on the previous curriculum, and that the new expected standard is higher. This means that, across the country, fewer children have met the expected standard in the past 2 years than previously.
Can we compare the results with previous years?
This is the second year of the new SATs tests, and the second time results will be reported using scaled scores. The results will therefore be comparable with last year’s tests, but will look very different from years prior to that.
We are issuing a warning about the popular social media app Snapchat. This follows a new update to the app called Snap Map. Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their "friends" list in real time. While location information is shared only with people on your "friends" list, that could include people you do not actually know, such as friends met on other apps and websites. We do not recommend letting your children use Snapchat until they are at least 13, in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
For more information and a short guide explaining how to switch off location sharing, take a look at this CBBC article.
We live in an exciting age of digital technology but must put the safety of our children first. E-safety and safe use of the internet is something that we place at the heart of our school curriculum. More information can be found by clicking on the e-safety page on our school website earlsmead.haringey.sch.uk/internet-safety.
As always we recommend you keep an open dialogue with your children about the websites and applications they use online, and if needs be ask them to no longer use it, explaining to them the potential dangers. If you have any concerns around other games and apps that your child uses at home please come in and talk to us about them.
Well done to everyone for making KS2 sports day an action-packed and fun-filled success!
The weather was perfect for a whole day of fun and activity in Markfield Park. A huge well done and thank you to all the children in KS2. You all showed such great sportsmanship and gave endless encouragement to each other throughout the day.
The hard work, effort and enthusiasm from all Earlsmead staff and parent volunteers ensured the day ran smoothly.
Thank you to all parents and families for joining us and joining in too. It’s always a highlight of sports day for the children seeing teachers, mums, dads, aunties, uncles taking part in the races.
KS2 were able to take part in their sprinting finals in the afternoon.
Here are our winners:
What an amazing and action packed morning we all had today!!!
Nathan Fox, the Team GB triple jump athlete and Omar the Sportivater made sure that we started our day with some fun and fitness.
All of our enthusiastic children from Reception to Year 6 and our supportive staff took part in the Fun Fitness Circuits. From the minute they entered the hall to the moment they left, everyone was fully involved doing star jumps, spotty dog, leg thrusts and push ups.
Everyone gave it 100% in both effort and attitude in order to complete all 4 elements of the full circuit.
After an energetic couple of hours Nathan and Omar spoke to everyone in an assembly. Nathan explained how important this weekend is for him. He will be competing in the British Championships in Birmingham to try and secure one of two places in Team GB for the upcoming World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford this August.
To wish him well on his way and will him to win, everyone in the assembly chanted NATHAN! NATHAN! NATHAN! as loudly as they could. He had inspired and encouraged us throughout the morning and we wanted to inspire and encourage him too.
Coverage of the British Championships will be on BBC1 on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Make sure you're all watching and supporting!!
Don't forget to return all sponsorship money next week. Money collected will go towards new PE equipment for our school and a percentage of all money collected will also go to the Sports for Schools charity.
Once again we'd like to thank the Earlsmead families and friends for their ongoing support.
Well done for all the money collected so far, but keep it coming in!!
To celebrate the end of the Islamic festival of Ramadan, we had a special Eid Al Fitr meal. On the menu we had vegetable samosas, lamb and spinach curry, aubergine, chickpea and potato curry served with white rice or pilau rice. For dessert we had Gulam Jamun with vanilla ice cream or sliced fresh fruit including mangoes.
It was delicious!
Many thanks to all of the parents, families and friends who came to Markfield Park this morning to support their children at the Reception and KS1 Sports Day. It was lots of fun and everyone had a really great time.
A huge well done to all the children for taking part. Thank you to all of the Earlsmead staff and the parent volunteers from the reception classes.
A big soggy thank you to those parents/carers who helped tidy away the equipment in the middle of the heavy rain shower we got caught in.
We were soaked but it didn't dampen anyone's spirits!!
We hope to see you at the KS2 Sports Day on Friday.
Students form Earlsmead recently entered the Primary Engineer Leaders Award. Congratulations to Caroline (Year 2), James (Year 2) and Wiktoria (Year 3) who will have their invention illustrations on display at UCL next week! Caroline’s work has been designated as “Judges Highly Commended”, well done Caroline!
If you would like to visit the Exhibition and view the fantastic inventions on show, click on the Eventbrite page below for all the details.
As you will know from watching the news, the residents of Grenfell Tower in West London were devastated by a horrific fire that ripped through their homes last week.
As you can imagine they’ve lost everything, so we want to raise much needed funds and support them however we can.
On Friday we would like our children to wear ‘Green for Grenfell’. Children can wear items of clothing that are green or have green in them and bring a donation of £1.
If it continues to be hot and sunny, please make sure the clothes the children wear are suitable; no vest tops exposing shoulders. If children wear shorts, please ensure sun-cream has been applied before coming to school.
Many thanks for your ongoing support.
We’re very excited to be welcoming GB Triple Jumper Nathan Fox to the school on Wednesday, 28th June. Nathan has been representing Great Britain Since 2008 winning national and international championships along the way. Nathan is currently ranked 2nd in Great Britain and competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after jumping a personal best at this year’s National indoor championships to qualify.
Nathan will be leading a sponsored fitness circuit with all pupils, and will follow-up with a talk and question and answer assembly session. The aim of the event is to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life.
Attached is a sponsorship form for your child to use in order to help raise money for the event.
You can also sponsor your child by following the link below to our very own online fundraising page:
As the sponsorship form and online sponsorship page explain, much of the money that is raised will be used to buy sports equipment for our school, while also supporting GB athletes and Paralympic athletes.
Please ensure that sponsorship forms and money are returned to the school office on or before Wednesday, 5th July at the latest.
Please also make sure that your child/children come to school on the event day with their PE Kits!
Thank you in anticipation of creating a terrific and memorable event.
One World Week festival will be returning to Earlsmead on Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July and we are looking for people who want to get involved.
Are you, or someone you know:
- very good at art?
- able to play a musical instrument?
- able to dance?
- able to cook world food?
If you would like to be a part of our One World Week please contact Adell Horbury or Sarah Drummond. Thank you!
To celebrate the start of the Islamic celebration of Ramadan, we had a special guest, the Imam Sabir from the Whiteman Road Mosque, who spoke to us about Ramadan and why it is so important to Muslims. He also taught us about the 5 Pillars of Islam, with Ramadan being the fourth pillar.
Later on we had a special Ramadan lunch, with samosas, chicken, rice and ice cream with chocolate sauce, yum!
On Friday 12th May some of our Year 5 and 6 Eco-Club children took part in the second ‘Planting and Growing Workshop’ at the London Grown, Pasteur Gardens growing site.
We enjoyed exploring the wooded area surrounding the site, continued to plant some of our seedlings and made our own scarecrows to keep the wildlife away.
We are delighted to be able to continue working under the expert direction and guidance of Simon and Dunya from Chicken Town who are providing this excellent programme of gardening opportunities for our children.