Assessment tool

QCA extended scale

The QCA extended scale is a useful assessment tool for practitioners, enabling them to establish a baseline for early stage learners of English as an additional language and to track early progress in their acquisition of English.

Features of the Extended Scale
  • speaking and listening are separated and have their own descriptors to show progression.
  • National Curriculum Level 1 is broken down into 4 smaller stages: Step 1 and Step 2 assess attainment in English before NC Level 1 whilst Level 1 (Threshold) and Level 1 (Secure) describe attainment within NC Level 1

The descriptors are suitable for use with children at all learning phases from Year 1 onwards.