My problem with the expected progress Guess55 is how can a child ever progress beyond what is expected of them if they are constantly given work to aim for a C grade. In primary after KS1 results if you get a 2 then teacher expect you to be a 4 and give you likewise work. I am sure its similar in sec school too that level 4 will be a C grade. Teachers like us to believe that they do move kids around but I saw very little of that. Why should it be that prescriptive?
This is my bugbear too. I really didn't realise this kind of thing happened until my first daughter was part way through KS1 - not even KS2 - and it shocked me. They group children pretty early on in year 1 - I'm not sure how they do it as high EYFS scores don't seem in my children's case to make a difference as to which group they relegate them to - and classwork and homework is "differentiated" accordingly. Differentiated means that only the top group gets the full works. If the group is "right" for your child it's OK, if it's not it's not.
I had a very tough job conversing with school when first child was relegated to the "average" group in year 2 and was being given all the pared down work at school and at home. She was upset by it and I couldn't understand what was going on. Eventually I got her out of that group, and if the school is now being truthful with me she got 3s at end KS2 and is expected to get 5s at end of KS2.
Now got similar problem with second child at start of year 1. She's very bright by anyone's measure. I despair. Making the same mistake twice I did not even click that she was not in the top groups until after parents' evening. Smelled a rat at parents' eve when I asked what was expected of her by end of year 1 ...... told "maybe above average" - whatever that means. Finally found the group lists tucked away on the very busy classroom walls. Have to start all over again now with this one. Aaagh.
Any tips on how to persuade teachers to reconsider their views without having to end up in full-scale conflict gratefully accepted.