Mark Schemes: Yearly Bands

Updated 9 months ago by Sarah

Insight’s Yearly Bands mark-scheme offers a flexible approach to assessing without levels. You can use it to record how a pupil is performing against age-related expectations at each assessment point.

The mark-scheme can be configured to suit your school's style of assessment.

You can tell us how many bands you'd like to use, what you'd like them to be called and how you'd like them evaluated.


  1. How can I enable the Yearly Bands mark-scheme for my school?Just get in touch if you'd like to talk about configuring the Yearly Bands mark-scheme for your school. We can usually get your new mark-scheme up and running within a couple of days.
  2. Can I record when children are working above or below their curriculum year? Yes - each assessment has a year and a band, so a child in year 5 who has fallen behind might be assessed as a Y4 Developing, or as a Y6 Emerging if they're working ahead.
  3. Can I assess some pupils with levels and others with Yearly Bands?Absolutely. When you're adding assessments for a pupil or cohort, you can choose your mark-scheme. So you can choose Levels for your Y2s and Y6s, and Yearly Bands for other year groups.
  4. How does Insight measure progress for Yearly Bands? Points progress is measured differently for Yearly Bands than for levels. Under the levels system, you could look at any two points in time and calculate the difference between them to get a measure of progress. But under the Yearly Bands approach, you may have some bands which you don't expect all children to reach before moving on. For example, if you have bands called something like Exceeding or Mastery, you might not expect a pupil to achieve these before you move them into next year's bands. For this reason, progress under Yearly Bands is measured by counting the number of bands a pupil has moved over each year. When a pupil moves up a year - for example, from a Y3 Developing to a Y4 Emerging, Insight assumes they've achieved all intermediary bands excluding any bands reserved for excelling pupils. In the example below, Michael and Isabel have the same assessments in Y4 Autumn and Y5 Autumn, but Isabel is considered to have made more progress between these points because she achieved Y4 Exceeding in Y4 Summer:
    Kian is also considered to have made 3 points between Y4 Autumn and Y5 Autumn, although he only achieved Y4 Developing in Y4 Summer. Insight assumes that Kian must have reached the expected level for year 4 before being moved on to Y5 Emerging.
  5. Can Insight generate predictions for Yearly Bands? Unfortunately Insight won't generate predictions for mark-schemes other than levels at the moment. Without the wealth of historical data and statistics that's available for assessment with levels, it's very difficult to make mathematical projections. However, you can enter your own predictions, and if you enter assessments with the name Prediction Insight will continue to use these to determine whether pupils are on track to meet their targets.
If you're still seeing previously calculated levels predictions for children who are now on Yearly Bands, we can remove these for you. Just let us know.

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