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.