We have created our own protocol for how to assess children's learning within our school linked directly to the curriculum.
Our approach to assessment is simple. We take each child's starting point and plan accordingly. We then review the learning and adjust plans as necessary. This means that our assessment is on-going throughout the day, culminating in more formal testing at the end of each half-term.
Each half-term, children are assessed against the National Curriculum framework in mathematics, reading and writing through assessments and teacher judgement. Science is assessed against each unit at the beginning and at the end against the objectives taught whilst the other subjects are assessed termly and reported on formally at the end of the school year.
The data is collated on a ‘step’ grid that we have produced. This data for progress and attainment is analysed. Miss. Rankin (Headteacher) and the SENCo team then meet with individual teachers to look at the progress of each child. Interventions are put into place accordingly so that all children are able to make excellent progress.
The Assessment Lead (Mrs. Bramley) also meets with some of the Governors in a Data Working Party to discuss trends, outcomes and next steps.
We also expect children to respond to their own feedback and use a system of 'purple pen' editing. Children are given time to look at their work, improve it in light of feedback or re-reading and correct any mistakes. This gives children the opportunity to learning editing skills but to also take control of their learning.