Research and analysis

Approaches to assessment without levels in schools

Exploring ways teachers assess their pupils in primary and secondary schools following the removal of national curriculum levels.


Assessment without levels: qualitative research


This research examines the types and range of non-statutory assessment approaches in use in primary and secondary schools since 2014. Findings relate to the following key areas:

  • schools’ changes to assessment and their impact on teachers and pupils
  • communication with pupils and parents
  • schools’ use of information and support for assessment without levels
  • current non-statutory assessment practice

This research was conducted following the commission on assessment without levels report to further develop knowledge of in-school assessment practices.

Published 13 December 2018