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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The National Curriculum and the Eleven Plus

It is sometimes rather difficult for some of us to try to equate National Curriculum Levels with the demands of the eleven plus. “If my child in Year 4 is now Level 4C in mathematics – is he or she on line for the eleven plus?”


Each Level is divided into three sub levels, e.g. 4A, 4B and 4C. C The child has started to work at the level, B Working well within the Level and A the child has reached the top of the level and is working towards the next level.

Levels 2A, 2B and 2C
Below expectations - Approximately 25% achieve these levels

Levels 3A, 3B and 3c At the level expected - Approximately 75% of children achieve this level.

Levels 4A, 4b and 4C Beyond expectations

Levels 5A, 5B and 5C Exceptional - The top 1% achieve this level.

By the time your Year 4 child writes the mathematics tests in the eleven plus examination, you would hope that your child can think and reason at Level 5. This is not to say that all the questions on the paper will be couched in Level 5 terms – but the more advanced questions on the paper will rightly require mathematical reasoning `Beyond Expectations’.

We know that children are expected to work their way through one level every two years. Children, starting on some aspects of eleven plus work, sometimes appear to have to climb to achieve a full level in much less than a year.

Will a child on Level 4C, at the start of the Year 4, reach the next level up in a year?

Hard work, a clear focus and real dedication by all concerned will help!

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