Reporting on progress

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Purpose of reporting

The purpose of reporting is to support and improve learning. Reporting may involve your child and can provide:

  • information about your child's strengths and next steps in their learning
  • an opportunity to talk to your child about their progress
  • an opportunity for you to give your views on your child's learning
  • an opportunity for your child to give their views on their progress
  • an opportunity to communicate with your child and the school how you can support their next steps in learning.

Range of reporting approaches

Reporting about your child's progress will be ongoing throughout the year and will involve you and your child. Regular reporting will help you and your child to understand their learning and allow staff to plan future learning.

There are a number of ways your school may inform you about how your child is progressing:

  • through the work that your child does at home
  • parents' nights when you have the opportunity to communicate with your child's teacher(s)
  • the yearly report, which details progress made, strengths and next steps
  • open days
  • pupil-led parent/teacher meetings
  • learning logs and E-portfolios.

If you are unable to access any of the above, let your child’s school know as they may be able to offer alternative options.

Influencing future learning

As well as reporting on progress made in the curriculum, reporting will also include information on the personal achievements that your child has gained inside and outside school.

Reporting will:

  • describe your child's strengths and areas for development
  • describe progress in achievement across the eight curriculum areas
  • describe progress in achievement within the curriculum levels in a curriculum area (for example Literacy) or in part of a curriculum area (for example reading, writing)
  • describe achievement in different contexts and settings
  • describe next steps in learning and how you can help
  • describe any additional support that your child may need and how you can help.

Further information

Find out more about children's rights, on Enquire and the Children’s Commissioner websites.

If your child needs support to use their rights or share their views you can contact My Rights, My Say.