Staff regularly assess pupils to ensure that work planned for each child is appropriate for their needs and abilities. ‘Challenge and choice’ activities are selected by the pupils who make decisions about the level at which they will be working on that task. ‘Challenging ourselves’ is a phrase often heard by pupils discussing their learning.
At the beginning of new learning in English, Maths and Science, pupils do a cold / blue test which they repeat at the end of the unit. This makes their progress visible to them, their teachers and their parents.
‘Rigorous tracking and regular Pupil Progress Meetings monitor the progress of each child in the school and ensure that there are no surprises and that all children make at least and often better than expected progress. We believe that in order to be the best they can be, pupils need to know what they are learning (learning objective), how it relates to real life, whether they have succeeded (success criteria) and what their next steps in learning are.
Pupils sit tests which are diagnostic in nature and enable staff to personalise interventions to meet pupil needs. These are detailed in Accelerated Progress Plans and each pupil is discussed by the SLT and the class teacher to ensure that everything is put in place to enable each of our pupils to be the best they can be.
Pupils self assess and peer assess as part of their learning and collaborative experiences.
Formal testing and assessment take place in accordance with statutory requirements. In Year 2, Teacher Assessment is moderated by the Local Authority and Year 6 children sit the Standard Assessment Tasks or Tests (SATs) as laid down in the National Curriculum. Test scores are made available to parents in the annual summary record to parents in Term 6..
Y1 pupils undergo a statutory Screening Test in the summer term.
In 2020 Y4 pupils sat a Tables Test in the summer term. It was set by the DFE as an electronic assessment and the pupils had to know all multiplication facts up to 12 x 12.