Assessment and progress! I have children who I know have made great strides in their learning, confidence, speech and ability to explain what they have learned. I am really proud of their hard work and effort. When I fill in data sheets it shows them as failing in so many ways I want to cry. Those who struggle to articulate their knowledge in a written format can so easily be disheartened. I have children who can retell stories, make inferences and predictions. They show a fabulous understanding of what they have read but when it comes to showing this in a written format they struggle. I know children need to be able to produce written evidence. I know the system is based on tests. I know the current system assesses memory of facts more than understanding(in my point of view). I know there have been these arguments for years. We have been told we can teach the objectives for the year below if necessary but we have to assess against the objectives for their year group. Madness! What I am really, really struggling with is having to say my children are not meeting the required standard without a system which really shows how much progress they have made. I can prove it by work completed and observations but the ******** data will not. To give a child of 8 a feeling of being a failure is appalling. I apologise but I am retiring to bed now, so will check this thread tomorrow and also if I sound a bit sorry for myself. I am just very disheartened by the system at the moment.