The progress they would be expected to make would be
as the usual progress is 2 sub levels per year. There can be a slight drop or pause at the transition to Y7 from Y6 as some primaries really push SAT testing so the average child might get slightly higher than they should have got.
A child in the top 20% would be far advanced of this. So Y8's are currently getting level 7's on average - some even getting 7a which is what is expected of the average child in Y11. This isn't because of better teaching at grammars but because the kids are brighter so progress faster.
Has this changed then? I haven't taught since July but there was no level 9 then, and only an 8 in some subjects. The levels were for KS3 only and finished therefore at the end of Year 9. The only GS I have experience of sets level 6b as pretty much a blanket target throughout Year 8 and seems to set 7a or b during year 9. Even if the 'traffic light' reports are always green, the targets don't get raised. Bit daft imho but I assumed that was because 7a was generally as high as you could target, with 8 being for 'exceptional performance' (except Maths??)
Very few Y8s will be level 7 in English now - progress in English works differently as 'levels' are not equal steps!
Agree. I have never taught a Year 8 who was genuinely
level 7a in English.