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Target Tracker is the system that Sacred Heart use to track progress and attainment of learning. Teachers regularly update and report these results to the Headteacher and Assessment Lead, this will then be reported to the Governors. Target Tracker is used from EYFS through to Year 6.



Target Tracker

The National Curriculum has been written to give Age Related Expectations (ARE) for the end of each year. As children travel from EYFS to Year 1 and through to Year 6 at Sacred Heart, they are tracked against the Age Related Expectations. We use Target Tracker to support our tracking and analysis, this provides us with numbered bands to indicate their year group expectations and allows us to track their children's learning through the steps. 


What are the Bands?

EYFS-   Rec S                  YEAR 1- Band 1                           YEAR 2- Band 2

YEAR 3- Band 3                                       YEAR 4- Band 4                         YEAR 5- Band 5

YEAR 6- Band 6


What are the Steps?

Each year band has been broken down into six steps:

beginning (b)- Pupil learning is chiefly focussed on the criteria for the band. There may be minimal elements of the previous band still to gain complete confidence in.
beginning + (b+)


working within (w)- Pupil learning is fully focussed on the criteria for the band. This is a teacher best fit decision but could be informed by statement assessments between around 40% and 70% achieved.
working within + (w+)


secure (s)-Confidence in all of the criteria for the band. There may be pupil learning still focussed on gaining thorough confidence in some minimal elements but the broad expectations for the band have been met.
secure + (s+)- The current curriculum is  challenging so this extension work will be covered by a small cohort of each year group. Secure +, pupils have attained a more thorough and wide ranging grasp of the content and concepts.


Most pupils will begin the year as a ‘b’ and progress through the levels as the year evolves.


Children who are accessing a lower or higher curriculum year group will be assessed against their individual band. 


Where should my child ideally be?

This will depend on the pupil’s ability level and the time of year;

the expected standard at the end of each academic year (attainment) will be ‘s’ – ‘secure;’
BUT we will be tracking progress as well and each pupil will ideally make 6 ‘steps’ of progress from one year to the next;


So for example ‘Joanne’ who was ‘2s’ (Year 2 and ‘secure’) at the end of Y2, should be ‘3s’ by the end of Y3. This would ensure that she makes 6 points progress through the year, 1 point per half term.


Age Expectations

What is S+?


The advice from the Government is that pupils who have gained a secure understanding of the Y5 programme of study, for example, should not be automatically moved on to the next year’s programme.

Instead they should be provided with extension work to deepen and strengthen their understanding of the concepts, skills and knowledge already grasped from the year group expectations. 



This is an example of how targets might be set for a child with a year one entry level assessment as working just below band 1 at the end of the EYFS requirements (40-60s+), in order for them to reach the Keys stage 2 standard, 2 secure (2s) at the end of Year 2. In turn a child achieving 2 secure (2s) at the end of Year 2 would have a target of 6 secure (6s) at the end of Year 6.

So what should the age expected ideal attainment and progress look like?

For a pupil to attain thorough coverage of the year band, children should reach the secure (or s) step by the end of the appropriate year

How can you help?

Be aware of  expectations – year group expectations can be found below
Be aware that the curriculum is about breadth, depth and mastery too. Not moving to the next band
Support school by working with your child at home.