The school’s Assessment policy sets out how we use consistent and effective assessment to inform planning, and enable children to make progress.
We involve children wherever possible in assessment, so they see it as means of improving their own standards of work.
Assessment is mainly formative and ongoing and is used by teachers to set work which is matched to pupils’ capabilities. It can take the form of observation, marking, discussion and self-assessment.
We also report on our children’s attainment formally at the end of Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Alongside on-going teacher assessment, they are a measure of pupils’ progress.
Key Stage 1 assessments take place in Year 2. There are separate assessments for reading, writing and maths. They are taken either individually or in groups and are assessed and marked by the class teacher.
Key Stage 2 assessments take place in Year 6, currently during a set week in May, on days designated nationally. The separate tests for English and maths are marked by external markers.
Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are a useful tool, but they are not an end in themselves. Class teachers will carry out ongoing assessments in the core subjects (writing, reading, spelling, mathematics, science and ICT) in order to track individual pupils’ progress and to ensure that the right support is given to them throughout the school year.
Progress is reviewed termly during designated assessment periods.