Our Philosophy of Assessment
Assessment should have a purpose at every level for everyone involved:
- Pupils should be given appropriate feedback on their learning from the formative assessments carried out by class teachers.
- Class teachers should be able to use formative assessment to support planning and implementation of a curriculum designed to meet the needs of learners.
- Teachers and school leaders should be able to use assessment to help ensure that the pupils who need specific intervention are quickly identified.
- Parents should be able to get a clear and accurate sense of their child’s achievement.
- Governors should be able to use data to ensure the school is supporting pupils learning effectively.
The government allows schools to choose their own system for tracking pupil progress through the National Curriculum. We have chosen a system used by over 4000 schools called Target Tracker. It was designed by Essex County Council and is a computer based system. Teachers assess children within different Bands with reference to statements taken from the National Curriculum.
Useful information for parents
- The curriculum is now split into year groups.
- There is now a list of ‘End of year expectations’ for each year group.
- This means most children are expected to achieve them.
- The emphasis is now on consolidating and extending pupils within their own year group’s curriculum.
- At the end of each term we judge where pupils are in relation to their own year group’s curriculum using both testing and teacher assessment.
- Teachers use their professional expertise to judge where a child is in relation to their year group’s curriculum based on the child’s day to day work, rather than in a test situation.
- We also use various tests in Maths and English to help us assess what the children can do. Finding out what they can’t do, helps us plan for what to do next.
- Please click here for an information leaflet from Target Tracker.
In Spring 2017, we trialled sharing Pupil Summary Reports with parents. The report summarised how the child was doing against key reading, writing and maths curriculum objectives. See anonymous Year 4 example report below.
The trial was very successful and we intend to use these Pupil Summary Reports with parents from the summer of 2017.
Below are the results of the trial.
- 100% of parents understood the colour coding (white, red, blue, yellow).
- 92% of parents stated that the layout of the report was easy to follow and read.
- 96% of parents said they understood what the objectives meant.
- 96% of parents liked the "I can..." style of the objectives.
- 100% of parents stated that the report allowed them to understand which objectives their child has achieved and which they are still working on.
- Parents were asked if they could use the information to help support their child's learning at home. 92% said yes for Reading, 88% said yes for writing and 92% said yes for maths.