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Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning and is a vital tool for ensuring that pupils, teachers and parents have an understanding of what progress has been achieved and how further progress can be made.

Our assessment systems are designed to:

  • Give reliable information to parents about how their child and the school is performing.
  • Help drive improvement for pupils and teachers.
  • Ensure that the school is utilising best practice and innovation.

Our approach to assessment

  • Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that learners are making expected progress.
  • All staff are regularly trained in our approach to assessment.
  • The senior leader responsible for assessment is Mrs J Oldale.

Our method of assessment

Assessment needs to be fair, honest, ambitious, appropriate and consistent. It serves many purposes, but the main purpose is to help teachers, parents and pupils plan their next steps in learning.

We also use the outcomes of assessment to check and support our teaching standards and help us improve.

Through working with other schools and using external tests and assessments, we will compare our performance with that of other schools.

We assess pupils against assessment criteria which are short, discrete, qualitative and concrete descriptions of what a pupil is expected to know and be able to do.

Assessment criteria are derived from the school curriculum, which is composed of the National Curriculum and Calow Primary’s own local curriculum.

Assessment criteria for periodic assessment are arranged into a hierarchy, setting out what children are normally expected to have mastered by the end of each year.

The achievement of each pupil is assessed against all the relevant criteria at appropriate times of the school year.

Each pupil is assessed as either ’emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ each relevant criterion in our expectations for that year.

Where a pupil is assessed as exceeding the relevant criteria in a subject for that year they will also be assessed against the criteria in that subject for the next year and appropriate work will be set for the pupil to be able to achieve this.

Assessment judgements are recorded and backed by evidence, including observations, records of work and testing.

Assessment judgements are moderated by colleagues in school and by colleagues in other schools to make sure that assessments are fair, reliable and valid.


Our use of assessment

Teachers use the outcomes of assessments to summarise and analyse attainment and progress for their pupils.

Teachers use this data to plan learning for every pupil to ensure that they meet or exceed expectations.

Teachers and leaders analyse the data across the school to ensure that pupils identified as vulnerable or at risk of not achieving their targets are making appropriate progress and that all pupils are suitably challenged.

The information from assessment is communicated to parents and pupils on a regular basis throughout the school year.

We celebrate all achievements across a broad and balanced curriculum.

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