Approach to Assessment
(Recognising the N.A.H.T Principles of Assessment)
- Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that learners are making expected progress.
- The Senior Leadership Team are responsible for Assessment.
Our method of assessment
- Assessment serves many purposes, but the main purpose of assessment in our school is to help teachers, parents and pupils plan their next steps in learning.
- We also use the outcomes of assessment to check and support our teaching standards and help us improve.
- Through working with other schools and using external tests and assessments, we will compare our performance with that of other schools.
- We assess pupils against learning objectives and success criteria, which are short, discrete, qualitative and concrete descriptions of what a pupil is expected to learn, know and be able to do.
- Assessment criteria are derived from the school curriculum, which is composed of the National Curriculum and our own local design.
- This year we are continuing to use levels and the achievement of each pupil is assessed against all relevant criteria at appropriate times of the school year.
- For those pupils attaining a level higher than expected for their age, we provide more challenging work.
- Assessment judgements are recorded and backed by a body of evidence created using observations, records of work and testing.
- We moderate our assessment judgements with colleagues in school and plan to moderate with other schools in our cluster to make sure our assessments are fair, reliable and valid.
Our use of assessment
- Teachers use the outcomes of our assessments to summarise and analyse attainment and progress for their pupils and classes.
- Teachers use this data to plan the learning
- For every pupil to ensure they meet or exceed expectations. Pupil Progress meetings are held between teachers and leaders, who analyse the data across the school to ensure that pupils identified as vulnerable or at particular risk in this school are making appropriate progress and that all pupils are suitably stretched.
- The information from assessment is communicated to parents and pupils on a termly basis through a structured conversation and/or report. Parents and pupils share their books before each parent consultation.
- We celebrate all achievements across a broad and balanced curriculum, including sport, art and performance, behaviour, and social and emotional development.
We are continuing to develop our new Assessment System based on the National Curriculum and the changes to statutory tests.
Below are information sheets that show the expectations of each year group for the National Curriculum.