The government are introducing more and more steps to tracking the progress of pupils. This is often looked at on a whole either as a county or as an individual school so it is often hard to find out how your child is doing based on the results published.
The introduction of baseline assessments has given some parents an idea of where their child’s learning is at but some parents and teachers feel that this is done in a way that is not favourable to the children.
The best time to get a true understanding of your child’s education is during a one on one meeting with their teachers as you can then find out specifically how your child is learning in each subject, points that they need to work on and subjects that they are particularly good at.
If you have missed a parents evening, then I would strongly recommend seeing if there is a suitable time for you to come in and meet with their teacher to discuss their progress.