The new National Curriculum has been statutory since Sept 2014. Summer 2016 was the first year when statutory assessment did not use levels.
The new National Curriculum is premised on the concept of mastery - something which every child can aspire to and every teacher should promote. It is about deep, secure learning for all, with extension of able students (more things on the same topic) rather than acceleration (rapidly moving on to new content). Effective assessment will clearly show how secure pupils are in their learning and prompt the teacher into planning the most appropriate next steps for learning.
The overriding principle of good assessment is that it should be clearly tied to its intended purpose. There are three main forms of assessment: in-school formative assessment, which is used by teachers to evaluate pupils’ knowledge and understanding on a day-to-day basis and to tailor teaching accordingly; in- school summative assessment, which enables schools to evaluate how much a pupil has learned at the end of a teaching period; and nationally standardised summative assessment, which is used by the Government to hold schools to account. Good formative assessment ranges from the probing question put to a pupil as they think something through; quick recap questions at the opening of a lesson; scrutiny of the natural work of pupils; right through to formal tests.
As an academy we promote these key Assessment Principles:
We view assessment as the starting point, not end point, for pupils’ learning. Continuous assessments are used by teachers to develop the next steps in pupils’ learning. Pupils then have an on-going dialogue about their ‘targets’. Written and oral feedback is used, including pupil self-assessment and peer assessment of pieces of work and work is planned against age related expectations and the ability of the children.
Ofsted expect the school to demonstrate good evidence of pupil progress over time and show clearly what ‘typically’ happens in school. The key evidence for this will be in the children’s books. However, we do need to demonstrate how children’s achievement is being recorded and monitored. The school is using Classroom Monitor as an on-line tool to record and measure pupils’ progress and assessment outcomes. This can be used live in a lesson on an ipad, and enables the teacher to record work by inputting data and taking a photo, if relevant. Work is moderated in school and also across schools, through Activate (a group of around 40 primary schools and academies across Herefordshire).
Our aim is to give reliable information about how each child, and their class, is performing. To enable this we:
Class Markbook: For assessing groups of individuals across one subject. In addition to all the features of the Pupil Markbook, the Class Markbook also allows users to:
Assessment recorded in the Class Markbook can be viewed in the Pupil Markbook and vice versa.
Pupil and Group Tracking: Assessments from the Markbook section of Classroom Monitor will then generate grids or graphs in the Attainment and Progress section. Teachers can also provide a summative assessment in this section.
Scores are awarded to both teacher assessments and summative assessments. This enables progress to be tracked. Expected progress across a year is three points for children in years 2 to 6. The children in Year 1 are given a baseline score from their EYFS Profile, which gives them a starting point onto our assessment system. In year 1 the expected progress is four points.
Groups of pupils can be generated in order to view their progress e.g. Pupil Premium or SEN.
The number of children achieving the expected standard or above (Secure) at the end of each year would be 70% or above.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Excellence Baseline is used to assess children upon entry into the school. This information is then fed into Classroom Monitor in order for school to assess the children’s progress through the year. 4-5 points progress in a year would be deemed as ‘Typical’ progress. 5 points or more would be deemed as ‘rapid’ progress.
Throughout the year, the children’s learning journeys are entered into 2Build a Profile, which is an online programme that allows children to be assessed against the EYFS stage, where photos, comments and next steps can be added. This is shared regularly with the parents throughout the year.
Assessment of the Foundation Subjects and Science
The school uses a similar system to that of Classroom Monitor, in terms of RAG rating the children against the learning objectives, although has developed its own spreadsheets.
This allows class teachers to assess on a termly basis how the children are achieving against the National Curriculum, where information can easily be passed on to prospective class teachers or fed back to parents.