Symphony On-Track was written in response to Teacher Workload Reform within Symphony Learning Trust.
In 2013, The Symphony Assessment System was written as a collaborative project by the 14 (Leicestershire) schools in the Symphony Primary Schools Partnership, in response to the government’s removal of National Curriculum levels.
The system was then updated a number of times as the government introduced a number of versions of the end of Key Stage ‘Teacher Assessment Frameworks’.
In September 2016, a number of the 14 schools formed the Symphony Learning Trust (multi-academy trust).
In response Secretary of State for Education’s speech on the importance of removing unnecessary workload, the Symphony Learning Trust (through the Symphony Teaching School) set about streamlining assessment practices within the schools. Symphony On-Track has been devised by school leaders and Specialist Leaders of Education to facilitate high quality and accurate summative assessment of primary school pupils’ attainment. This is measured against end of year expectations and uses the consistent codes of WTS (Working towards the expected standard), EXS (reached the expected standards) and GDS (working at greater depth – beyond the standard)
End of Year expectations are in more detail for Reading, Writing and Mathematics. These descriptors for end of year expected standards can be used as ongoing assessment ‘sheets’ for individual pupils which can be highlighted and annotated if necessary during the year. Teachers will be assessing the extent to which pupils are on track to meet the end of year expectations. This puts the trust in the teacher’s professional judgement.