# Help re what is required for various NC sublevels

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by PaulDG, Apr 24, 2012.

1. ### PaulDGOccasional commenter

Nobody knows what sub levels mean in maths - they're produced because management expect to see "progress" expressed that way, so something has to be made up to placate them.
The National Curriculum defines what each of the levels mean (see http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary/b00199044/mathematics/attainment/ma4 ).
Sub levels are often produced from test results... Suppose in a test, a score of more than 40 but less than 70 is a level 3 then you might use letters to indicate how well a child has performed within that band.
Some schools use "low", "secure" and "high".

Paper A is non calculator, paper B is calculator and yes, you can scribble/jot during the mental maths as long as you don't scribble anything but the answer in the answer box! ( The mental maths answer sheet also has some relevant numbers/prompts by many questions, but obviously not the calculation! So for example, if the question asks "What is double 90" then 90 might be written on the paper. )

3. ### mystery10Occasional commenter

Ah thanks, so it's not completely mental!!

The children don't have a great deal of time so obviously those that can work efficiently mentally have an advantage but no, jottings can come in useful!

5. ### markussOccasional commenter

mystery10, now you know the secret of sub levels - they can mean whatever you like. I once got the answer, "6c means he was Level 5 a term ago and is still Level 5 whereas 6b means he's been Level 5 for nearly a year now."
It is supposed to take, very broadly speaking over a year to make one level's progress. Levelling, legally is only compulsory once in a key stage - right at the end. Some teachers are forced to level more than this - so sub levels are fabricated to show progress when there actually is none in the very broad terms of NC levels.

6. ### markussOccasional commenter

(We could let you in on another secret. UK children don't do SATS or SATs or even Sats - neither "optional" nor "real". "Everybody" knows national curriculum tests/tasks by one of these names but "everybody" (so I'm told) knows really that they're joking.