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Shareen Mayers unpicks some of key differences between the easier and harder questions in the 2016 sample reading paper to support teachers with understanding how pupils are challenged in the KS2 reading test, especially as the Level 6 test has been removed.

After much anticipation, the DfE finally released some information about how reading will be reported at the end of KS2 in 2016. The much debated term ‘mastery’ was deleted (due to it being associated with only the most able) and replaced with the term ‘working at greater depth’ in writing but not for reading. For those of you who have a chance to look at this Interim Assessment Framework http://bit.ly/1RNFQX0, you will notice that there is just the expected standard for reading at KS2 because the test score will determine how well a pupil achieves in reading.

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