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Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP): Assessment guidelines


  • Pam.waters 3.41 pm, 14th July 2010

    The Maths assessment guidelines correlate to the components of that subject which are required for statutory data collections at KS1 and KS2 - AT1 Using & Applying, AT2 Number & Algebra, AT3 Shape space and Measure, AT4 Handling Data.
    The Teacher Assessments collected at KS1 and KS2 which together comprise Science are AT1 Scientific Enquiry, AT2 Life Processes, AT3 Materials & their properties, AT4 Physical processes - why does none of the APP guidance, resources or standards files help in assessment in these components??

    • The National Strategies 9.21 am, 21st July 2010

      Hi Pam,

      The standards files and resources you've made reference to are to support the assessment of mathematics. The standards files for science to support you in making judgements can be found at 


      The following may be useful in addition. APP in science was developed with the science community (and refined by teachers) and is aligned with the standards set out in the National Curriculum level descriptions and with the programmes of study for science. Progression in science is not only defined by recall of knowledge (as set out in the attainment targets) but involves understanding of scientific ideas and processes which need to be supported by appropriate subject knowledge presented within a wide range of contexts. APP assessment focuses and criteria have been developed in order to assess this understanding.

      Although APP does focus on skills and processes in science, the range of evidence considered when making judgements should come from contexts across attainment targets 2, 3 and 4. This range and the variety of evidence from day-to-day teaching across all of science should provide teachers with sufficient detail for them to feel confident about making a holistic judgement. This range of evidence is demonstrated in the Standards Files.

      Kind regards

  • lxnorth 3.45 pm, 4th October 2010

    The mathmatics assessment criteria for levvels 1 to 8 link isnt working at all. I have tried on a number of occasions but to no avail.

    Can you let me have the new link or fix the old one and confirm please.

    Thank you.

    • The National Strategies 5.12 pm, 4th October 2010

      Hello there,

      Thank you for contacting us. I've just tried opening the attachment on this page:


      and it has opened correctly. Do you get an error message when you try it? If you do, please can you send an email to enquiries@nationalstrategies.co.uk with the details? If the problem continues, then I can ask someone to investigate for you, and/or send you a copy of the document directly.

      Kind regards

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