National curriculum levels are a
confusing business and we are often just happy to hear our children are ‘where
they should be’. Many parents think they understand levels because
we have been told about government expectations; and most of us know if our
children are meeting them. We also often make the assumption that our
children are average if they are ‘meeting expectations’, and above average if
they are ‘exceeding’ them, however, that is not necessarily the case.

Government ‘expectations’ are a

**minimum standard**and NOT an average. It varies for each subject and each year but I have tried to make the level distributions clear for**KS1, KS2 and GCSE**Maths results (2014)**with some diagrams below – clearly marking the average with an arrow in the ‘middle’.**
Below are the diagrams only. You can
draw a straight line down from your child’s KS1 or KS2 level to see your
child’s likely progress (assuming they make an average amount of
progress). Don’t forget - rates of progress vary, so these are not set in
stone. There are children who go from one end of the diagram to the other
between key stages!

I hope this gives you a clear and honest
picture of ‘where your child is’, and helps you to understand their achievement
and progress.

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