Why writing ages are better than grades

The government’s system of grading primary pupils involves three main categories: Working Towards (WTS), Expected Standard (EXS), and Greater Depth (GDS). This kind of three part grading system is very common: with the old national curriculum levels pupils at the end of primary were typically a level 3, 4 or 5, and many schools have created their own grading system which involves three levels like emerging, expected, exceeding. Let’s imagine that with this system, the following four pupils get the following grades.

Why writing ages are better than grades

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