Assessment is central to enabling children to learn and make progress. Assessment is continually taking place in our school, every time a teacher asks questions and gauges response or checks a child’s work assessment is taking place.
In class, children’s learning is regularly marked and they are given guidance on how to improve and move forward.
Additionally, we use various methods of formal assessment. A full list of our assessment approaches appears at the end of this article.
Termly Reviews of Learning
Children are assessed in the core subjects every term and their progress and attainment is analysed. The headteacher analyses the progress and attainment of every year group and then poses questions and challenges to the teaching team to guide a review. These are our termly Reviews of Learning where the teachers identify how they are going to move forward and keep standards high and the individual support they have in place for a range of children.
In the Reviews of Learning will review the whole year group but we also concentrate on subgroups, these would include: pupil premium children, free school meals children, service children, term of birth, attainment at year two, special educational needs and any other group that has become defined as needing tracking.
In this way, we are constantly assessing the needs of children and identifying how to move them forward to reach their potential.
How we Assess Children’s Attainment
The DfE is currently reviewing and consulting on assessment arrangements for national tests which will be introduced for 2016. The DFE have stated that they will no longer be using the national curriculum levels although these will still be in place for the current year two and year six who will be assessed by them in their SATs in 2015.
The DFE have instructed schools to develop their own approach to assessment.
We are currently reviewing our approach to assessment in our school and meanwhile have decided to continue using national curriculum levels. We have made this decision since in our experience at parents are familiar with them and understand them and using them in the past has resulted in very high standards of achievement and progress. We are aware that the descriptors for the national curriculum levels do not accurately match the new national curriculum in every aspect and we are adapting the descriptors to ensure they are sound assessment measure.
National Curriculum Assessment Levels
National curriculum assessment levels are based on a progression of attainment between years one and six. There are expectations of attainment at certain stages.