The Fundamentals Model

The Fundamentals have been developed to embody the core principles set out by the DfE and provide a model that can equip schools to successfully assess children beyond levels and record progress from the Reception baseline to Year 6. The Fundamentals are based upon the National Curriculum statutory outcomes for Year 2, 4, 6 and advised outcomes for 1, 3, 5. Therefore in each year and core subject there is a clear assessment criteria. 

There is an individual tracking tool for reading, writing and maths which enables teachers and leaders to track progress from Year 1 to Year 6. In each subject and in each year there are a set of clear objectives that a child must learn to be ready to access the next year of study. Further, the objectives have been deliberately presented within circles to highlight the cycles of learning and move away from a purely linear view of learning and progression. Our mastery model is based upon consolidation, revisiting and expansion of skills and knowledge.

With the exception of children with complex SEND needs, it is our ambition and belief that all children should achieve all of the objectives within each year and subject: therefore securing the fundamentals. 

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The Primary Fundamentals Online Tracking Tool

Primary Advantage commissioned the building of an online tracker that includes the features offered by commercial providers. It is designed directly in line with our Fundamentals approach to assessment and as a result is built on strong pedagogical foundations.  Schools can subscribe to the Online Tracker - Annual subsciption includes online support and a place on our 'Using the Online Tool' training which runs in October and April. 

Cost: Annual Subscription including one place on the 'Aims and Principles of the Fundamentals and Using the Online Tool' training.

  • £750 annual charge for whole school use of the Tracker

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The Fundamentals Online Tracker has been designed to:

  • Track attainment and progress of pupils within year groups and across key stages
  • Set targets for all pupils
  • Assess against end of year objectives
  • Track against end of year expectations using a secure fit approach
  • Analyse the % of children who are on track, not on track and on track for greater depth
  • Conduct a detailed gap analysis for each core subject area
  • Close the gap through the tracking of PPG, SEND, Gender and groups specific to your school context
  • Generate data walls and key attainment graphs automatically using data analysis and reporting tools
  • Access Multi– school tracker feature– to compare data across groups of schools across Partnerships, Federations or Trusts

Data Wall 1


Pupil Overview


On Track graph


Heat map


Score Distribution graph


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Aims and Principles of the Fundamentals and Using the Online Tool

This training session focuses on the aims and principles of The Fundamentals model, as well as how to use the comprehensive Online Fundamentals Tracker. The session will support teachers and leaders to enter pupil information into the tracker, identify strengths and gaps in learning, set targets, plan for interventions and map the progress and attainment of group of pupils. Aimed at staff who are new within schools that are already using this approach and for all staff within schools that are looking to embed the model and the tracker.

Primary Advantage has designed a model for assessment that has been rolled out across schools within Hackney and beyond. The model is in line with the Assessment commission report on assessment without levels and allows schools to show recordable measures of both attainment and progress for all learners. It is based on the premise of ‘no learning left behind’ and ensures all teachers, parents and children are clear about what children’s strengths and areas for development are. The session looks closely at the roles of both formative and summative assessment and reflects on the journey to create a system of assessment without levels. It also reflects on the current climate for assessment and how we are preparing our pupils for what lies ahead. This session will look at the theory behind the model and how to use it both in the classroom and for reporting

It is advised that practitioners attending the session bring a laptop and login details for their own school's tracker with them.

Date Time Venue
29th October 2018 9am - 12pm Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY
28th April 2020 9am - 12pm Holy Trinity CE Primary School, E8 3DY



  • A free place to all Tracker Member Schools on each course*
  • £120 per person - 50% discount for all PA Maths Members 19/20

*Subject to availability. First come, first served basis

Tue Oct 2019

Primary Fundamentals: Aims and Principles & Using the Online Tracker

09:00 - 12:00

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Tue Apr 2020

Primary Fundamentals: Aims and Principles & Using the Online Tracker

09:00 - 12:00

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3rd September 2015 - The Fundamentals