How the Ladders work
Each pupil has a Learning Ladder booklet for Reading, Writing and Maths. Each booklet is divided into different ladders that represent key skills. The ladder then has rungs/divisions which show the key objectives, taken from the new National Curriculum, that the children need to work through. Although the path of learning is never linear, the rungs set out a typical journey of learning. Teachers will sign off the rungs as children achieve them. Rungs will be signed off weekly, often ‘live’ with the children, as well as periodically by the teacher as part of their summative assessment.
Over time, teachers will be able to see which rungs a child has achieved in relation to the end of year expectations. We can then report to parents, at the end of the year, if their child is Working Towards, Working Within, Achieving or Exceeding end of year expectations. Throughout the year, parents will have access to their child’s Learning Ladder booklets so they can clearly see which rungs they have achieved and what their next steps are. This information will be available on line as well.
Children will be making expected progress if they move from Working Within to Working Within each year, or Achieving to Achieving. Where a child is Working Towards or Exceeding end of year expectations, teachers will explain to parents if the progress that is being made is that which is expected, or if it has stalled or declined.
There is much work to be done. While as a school the Department for Education will provide us with more specific information as to what the end of Year 6 expectations will be, it is up to us to use the National Curriculum document to decide what end of year expectations for Years 3 to 5 look like across all the subjects so that we can report confidently to parents.