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Essential English Stage 1
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Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2015.

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Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by teachers to:

  • clarify for the student what they need to learn
  • design opportunities for the student to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject the assessment design criteria are:

  • communication
  • comprehension
  • analysis
  • application.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject. 


The specific features are as follows:

C1 Clarity and coherence of written and spoken expression, using appropriate vocabulary.
C2 Demonstration of grammatical control.


The specific features are as follows:

Cp1 Comprehension of information, ideas, and perspectives in texts.
Cp2 Understanding of the purpose, structure, and language features in texts. 


The specific features are as follows:

An1 Analysis of ways in which creators of texts convey information, ideas, and perspectives. 
An2 Identification and analysis of ways in which language features are used to create meaning in texts. 


The specific features are as follows:

Ap1 Creation of texts for different purposes, using appropriate textual conventions, in real or imagined contexts.