School Report Levels: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c

Posted in kids + school on Jan 18, 2009

Sometimes parents are given attainment levels on their children’s school reports. But what do they mean?

Basically levels are a description of what your child has achieved. Teachers expect children to achieve a level 2 by the end of year 2 (age 6 – 7), and a level 4 by the end of year 6 (age 10 – 11). Each level is split up into 3 sub levels. C is the lowest sub level, B is the middle and A is the highest.

Currently formal assessments are carried out at the end of Y2 and Y6 in the form of SATs for numeracy, reading, writing and science. W stands for working towards.


level expected year achieve




1A end Y1


2B end Y2

2A end Y3


3B end Y4

3A end Y5


4B end Y6



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363 Responses to “School Report Levels: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c”

  1. leanne says:

    Not at all. Most likely your child will get a higher grade in the actual SATs and it’s only one way of measuring anyway.

  2. Phil says:

    Unfortunately, I disagree with Leanne. I would answer your question with an unequivocal “yes”.

    Of course there are many ways of measuring performance, but this is the only one that officially counts and therefore it’s this measure that a child is judged by.

    The national standards are not particularly high (otherwise half the schools would be in “special measures” and the system would collapse), so for a year 6 child to be achieving what some year 2s and most year 3s achieve, is cause for concern on the part of the parent and should be of concern to the school.

    Pretending that nobody ever fails and that there’s never anything to worry about is one strategy in common use. However, it’s both illogical and incorrect. More importantly, it’s counter-productive as it does not lead towards taking any corrective action.

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