Access Key Definitions
Skip navigation
Access key details
Home page
Latest updates
Site map
Search
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Terms and conditions
National Curriculum

Assessing pupils' progress

Assessing pupils’ progress, or APP, is a structured approach to the periodic assessment of mathematics, reading and writing. It has been designed to help schools assess children against national standards and build individual profiles of achievement for all children.

It involves three important steps: 

  • Consider significant written and oral evidence of a child’s attainment 

  • Review the evidence against the APP assessment guidelines, which are linked to national curriculum levels 

  • Judge the child’s attainment in different aspects (or assessment focuses) of the subject. Teachers can then arrive at an overall subject level judgement, before fine-tuning it to 'high', 'secure' or 'low'.   Find APP guidance, assessment guidelines and examples of children’s work at http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/app 

Back to top