Teachers use a variety of approaches to assessment that inform them about the children’s learning as well as keeping records of observations and pupil achievement. These are called formative assessments. Any causes for concern or exceptional performance is noted and these help to inform future planning and reports.
Formal National assessments are completed at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). These are known as summative assessments.
In this academic year the Year 2 and Year 6 pupils are being assessed against the old National Curriculum Levels. Pupils in Nursery and Reception classes are assessed in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework. All other year groups are working and being assessed within the New National Curriculum Age Bands.
This is the first academic year in which all children (other than EYFS) will be taught within and assessed against the New National Curriculum Age Bands.
The school moderates pupil’s work within the school and within the cluster to ensure consistency in National Curriculum levels and the New National Curriculum Age bands. Staff meetings and additional assessment meetings are arranged to look at pieces of work completed by the pupils, to agree sub-levels/ sub-bands of attainment and evaluate curriculum coverage.
Completed standardised test proformas (SATs) are retained in the children’s record files along with reports.
The school has a very detailed tracking system on which we record results and this enables the teachers to track progress for individuals, groups and the whole year group. Teachers are also able to produce target reports for individuals, groups and whole classes.
Pupil Progress meetings
Pupil progress meetings are held half-termly to discuss every child’s progress, to identify focus groups and where additional support is required. Detailed reports of year group, class and an individual’s progress are produced for these meetings.
It is important that pupils understand what it is that they need to do to improve. Ourfederation schools spend a lot of time making sure the children know the steps they have to take to succeed. End of year targets are set for every child in English and Maths and we look at progress each term to make sure that they are on track to meet them.
Children’s Self Evaluation and Assessment
Using ’Steps to Success’ and our ’Think Pink’ and ’Brilliant blue’ marking system our pupils are also encouraged to check their own work and make a self- assessment after each lesson, of the work they have completed.
The children are encouraged in a variety of situations to evaluate each other’s work in a constructive way. This helps them to value their own work and respect and value the work of others.