Standards – Level Descriptors


In your child’s school report, you will see that we have given them a sub-level description in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Mathematics and Science. We track your child’s progress very closely and we use sub-levels to help you understand how your child is achieving. Children move through the levels as they progress through school. For example, a child would attain level 1c, then 1b, then 1a and then move onto level 2c.If you would like to know more about what your child can do at this level, then please read the information below. Alternatively speak directly to your child’s teacher, who will be happy to explain.

What is the National Expectation?

The national expectation is that every child will be achieving the following:

Year 1: 1b/1a

Year 2: 2b

Year 3: 2a/3c

Year 4: 3b

Year 5: 3a/4c

Year 6: 4b

As you can see in the table below. The is the national expectation. yellow indicates where a child is working Redbelow the national expectation in their year, and indicates where they are working above. green


At David Livingstone, we also expect children to make very good progress in school. For example if a child is achieving a 2B at the end of KS1, then we would expect them to be a 4B (expected) or above at the end of KS2 (more than expected). We aim for the latter.


If you would like to know more above what your child can do at the level they are working at, and more importantly, what they need to do to improve, then please come in and discuss this with your child’s class teacher. We assess all our children and track their progress very carefully, so we are able to give you a detailed explanation. Another good place to look is the National Curriculum website, which has a description for each sublevel.

For a description of levels in Maths click here.

For a description of levels in English click here.

We hope that you have found this information useful and can use it to help support your child’s progress through our Academy. If you have any questions or comments, please do get in touch.

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