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English Grade Ladders

Objective Reading (AO1-4)Writing (A05)SPAG (AO6)Presenting (AO7)Listening and Responding (AO8)Speaking and Presenting (A09)
Grade 9...
Grade 8Summarise and critically evaluate with detailed and perceptive understanding
Understand and respond with insight to explicit and implicit meanings and viewpoints
Analyse and critically evaluate, with insight, detailed aspects of language, grammar and structure
Substantiate their understanding and opinions with illuminating references to texts and contexts
Make convincing and apt links and comparisons within and between texts
Communicate with impact and influence
Produce ambitious, accomplished and effectively-structured texts
Use a wide range of well-selected sentence types and structures and precise vocabulary to enhance impact
Spell, punctuate and use grammar accurately so that writing is virtually error-free
Grade 7...
Grade 6...
Grade 5Summarise and evaluate with accuracy and clear understanding
Understand and make valid responses to explicit and implicit meanings and viewpoints
Analyse and evaluate relevant aspects of language, grammar and structure
Support their understanding and opinions with apt references to texts, informed by their wider reading
Make credible links and comparisons between texts
Communicate effectively, sustaining the reader’s interest
Produce coherent, well-structured and purposeful texts
Vary sentence types and structures and use vocabulary appropriate to purpose and effect
Spell, punctuate and use grammar accurately with occasional errors
Grade 4...
Grade 3...
Grade 2Describe and summarise with some accuracy and understanding
Respond in a straightforward way to most explicit information and viewpoints
Make some relevant comments about language and structure
Support their comments and opinions with some general references
Make straightforward links between texts
Communicate simply with some clarity for the reader
Produce texts with basic structures and some awareness of purpose
Show some control over sentence type and structure and use familiar vocabulary to some effect
Spell, punctuate and use grammar with limited accuracy
Grade 1...
Gold...
Silver...
Bronze...

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