Assessment Procedures for our children at Tenterfields Primary School Introduction
Tenterfields is committed to placing the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of its ethos and values.
We aim to teach children about their rights and help them understand about how rights can differ throughout the world.
Through our approach to assessment, we work to ensure our children reach their potential, in line with their right to an education sited in Article 28 of the UNCRC.
What is assessment?
Assessment is the way in which we measure a child’s attainment and progress, in many areas of learning, throughout their educational journey.
The purpose of assessment at Tenterfields Primary School
Assessment has many purposes, but its main function is to support teachers, parents/carers and pupils plan their next steps in learning.
1) Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning
a) It guides the next steps in teaching and learning;
b) It demonstrates learners’ progress, helping them to know how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve further;
c) It provides parents/carers with knowledge and understanding of their child’s progress and attainment.
2) Assessment processes are fair and honest and should:
a) Include all abilities;
b) Give an honest picture of what each learner can do:
c) Provide opportunities for professionals to ‘moderate’ outcomes to ensure accuracy of judgements, by ensuring these are made against agreed principles/criteria and are, therefore, standardised;
d) Be easily understandable for parents/carers, children and teaching staff.
3) Assessments put progress into context for everyone:
a) Against nationally standardised age related criteria and expected standards;
b) Against other schools both locally and nationally;
c) Against a child’s own progress picture or development pathway;
d) Against high expectation for all learners to reach their potential;
e) By taking account of a wide range of evidence for each learner.
4) Assessment outcomes should provide meaningful and understandable information for:
a) Pupils to develop their learning;
b) Parent/carers to support their children with their learning;
c) Teachers in planning teaching and learning programmes and opportunites;
d) Governors and school leaders who use the outcomes to check and support our teaching standards to help us continually improve and to allocate resources appropriately;
e) Government and other ‘officials’/third parties to know how well we are doing (our standards)
Our approach to assessment at Tenterfields Primary
- Assessment at Tenterfields Primary School is integral to our high quality teaching and learning. It helps us ensure that our teaching is specific to the curriculum and the needs of our children, and that learners are achieving what they are entitled to, making expected progress;
- Our staff are trained in our assessment approaches.
- We have senior staff in each ‘phase’ of school (eg Early years, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6) who work with other staff to ensure a shared understanding and to moderate and standardise judgements
- Our Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher take a school lead in assessment
- We work with colleagues in other schools and the Local authority to moderate our judgments to ensure our assessments are fair and reliable
- We assess pupils against assessment criteria (short, discrete, qualitative and concrete) that describe what the pupils are expected to know or able to do.
- Assessment criteria are derived from the school curriculum – including the National Curriculum.
- Assessment criteria are arranged into a hierarchy, setting out what pupils are normally expected to achieve by the end of each year.
- Each pupil is assessed against the relevant criteria at the appropriate time of the school year eg formal assessment at least once per term. Informal assessments are ongoing and take place continually.
- Each pupil will be judged to be meeting or exceeding the relevant criteria or developing their skills and understanding.
- If a pupil is exceeding the relevant criteria, we will look to assess against criteria expected for the next year.
- Pupils meeting/exceeding relevant criteria will be given more challenging work.
- Assessment judgements are recorded – they are used alongside a wide range of evidence such as staff observations, recorded, written and photographed learning, tests, and so on.
How we use our assessment
- Teachers use assessment outcomes to analyse the attainment and progress of pupils at individual, group and class level
- Teaching staff use this information to plan the next steps of learning
- School leaders and teachers analyse assessment outcomes on a regular basis and identify which pupils or groups are doing well and if there are any individual or groups that need further support/intervention to achieve their potential
- The information from assessment will be shared with parents/carers on a termly basis through half termly reports, Parents/Carers’ consultation evenings as well as parent pop-ins, should this be requested, the first Wednesday in each month.
At Tenterfields Primary School, we believe effective assessment should inspire a belief that, through hard work and practice, even more can be achieved.