Our method of Assessment

Assessment serves many purposes, but it's main purpose is to help teachers, pupils and parents plan their next steps in learning.
*We asses pupils against agreed assessment criteria based on the National Curriculum Objectives.
*Assessment criteria are arranged hierarchically setting out what pupils are normally expected to achieve by the end of each academic year.
*Formative (on-going) assessment is integral to lessons and planned for.
*Staff and pupils assess progress and attainment using the school's own Assessment Criteria Sheets for writing - WAC sheets, (which includes grammar, punctuation & spelling) and mathematics MAC sheets
Standardised assessment tasks and tests are used alongside teachers' professional judgements to further ensure rigor and robust procedures.
*The achievement of each pupil is assessed against broader bands/stages of yearly objectives at appropriate times of the school year.

  • So what should age related expectation attainment and progress look like?

  • Beginning - Pupil learning is chiefly focused on the criteria for the band. There may be minimal elements of the previous band still to gain complete confidence in 
  • Working within - Pupil learning is fully focused on the criteria for the stage. Up to 70% of the statements are confidently achieved
  • Secure - Confidence in all of the criteria for the band. There may be pupil learning still focused on gaining thorough confidence in some minimal elements but the broad expectations for the band have been met
  • *Each band/stage is further broken down into six steps to enable more focused analysis of pupil progress: 'beginning', beginning plus', 'working within', 'working within plus', 'secure', or 'secure plus'
*Where a pupil is assessed as below or above expectation their needs will be met through support or challenge. Where pupils are assessed as working 'well below' or 'well above' expectations additional provision will be considered.
*Assessments judgements are recorded and backed up by a body of evidence using observations, records of work and testing.

*For a pupil to attain thorough coverage of the year band, children should reach the secure (or S) step by the end of the appropriate year. However, w+ is considered just within age related expectation

The Assessment Ladder


Sharing levels and targets

The assessment sheets for writing and maths are written in  a way that allows us to assess the children's achievements, set them next step targets and share them with parents. The sheets are stuck in the front of children's books and become part or our and their formative assessment (what I can do and what I need to do) and part of teachers, subject leaders and leadership summative assessment (the level the children are at).
A 'triangle' key is used in order to show achievement in each expectation target.