Why do we assess?
Our assessment provides valuable information to help children, teachers, parents and school leaders to acknowledge, analyse and review achievements and progress in learning against expected standards. Our assessments inform our immediate and long term planning and give:
- Children – the learners – an understanding of where they are secure, what it is that they need to do to rectify any gaps and the next steps needed to extend their learning
- Teachers the detailed knowledge of their pupils’ achievements which they can use to inform future learning, their planning and their teaching
- Parents/carers regular reports on their child’s progress in meeting expectations and ensures that teachers, pupils and parents can work together to secure learning and raise standards for all children
- School leaders and governors information that they can analyse and use to make decisions about future actions to improve standards, learning and teaching in the school
- External agencies and partners the evidence that a school knows its pupils well and sets and maintains high standards in learning and teaching as part of the school’s public accountability to its pupils’ future.
What are we statutorily required to assess?
Our teachers carry out day to day assessments and checks on pupils’ understanding and progress as part of their day to day teaching. Statutory, formal assessment procedures and examinations also exist to measure attainment against national standards. Our pupils’ achievements are compared nationally with all those pupils of the same age and against schools in the local authority and in England. These informal assessments include:
- An end of Early Years Foundation Stage assessment
o We monitor how well pupils are achieving and the extent to which they are meeting identified expectations in the EYFS Profile which helps to identify those who are achieving a good level of development and those who we need to give additional help.
- The Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1
o It assesses pupils’ phonic skills as part of early reading
o Schools currently draw on teacher assessment to help us to assess whether pupils are making progress and are achieving national age related expectations in reading, writing and mathematics. Our teachers also assess pupils’ achievements in science.
o Pupils take statutory tests that assess whether pupils achieve national age related expectations set in reading, GPS and mathematics. Schools draw on teacher assessment to help us assess writing and science progress.
We also assess pupils’ progress over the key stages. Please see ‘End of Year Expectations’ for information on the key end of year expectations for children in each year group based on the National Curriculum. These are known as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Marking and assessment
We aim to provide feedback to children through marking so that they have specific advice about improvements to their work. Children are given time to read and review their work following marking.
Parents are very welcome in school and we aim to involve them with their children’s education as much as possible. Parent evenings take place in the Autumn and Spring Terms. In addition to this if you wish to meet with the class teacher please arrange an appointment before or after school. The Headteacher is always happy to listen to concerns or to offer support. Please call at the office or telephone for an appointment.
Reports to parents
At the end of each year your child will bring home a full report detailing progress and achievements across the curriculum. Parents / Carers are encouraged to provide feedback to the school.