Core Principles of Assessment at
St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School
Our approach to assessment
- Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It guides our teaching so that it is carefully matched to what children can do and helps teachers, parents and children plan their next steps in learning.
- All achievement is celebrated, including academic, sport, creative arts, improved behaviour and social and emotional development.
- Assessment draws on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of each child's achievement.Assessment outcomes are shared with parents so that they are able to support their child with their learning.
- Assessment feedback aims to inspire greater effort and self-belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved.
We aim to:
Provide parents with reliable and accurate information about how their child and the school are performing:
- Provide regular feedback to help parents support their child's learning, through two parent consultations per year and a written report. Parents can request further meetings to discuss their child's achievement throughout the year.
- The achievement of all pupils is assessed against a range of relevant criteria appropriate to the age of the child.
- Accurately track the progress and achievement of all children towards year group age related expectations based on the 2014 curriculum. Each child is assessed as either "working below", "on track to achieve" or "exceeding" age related expectations based on the 2014 curriculum. (Children in Years 2 and 6 in 2014-15 will be assessed against levels as in the pre-2014 curriculum).
Help drive improvements for children and teachers:
- Evaluate and review all assessment data ensuring they are closely linked to improving the quality of teaching.
- Ensure feedback to children informs them of what they have done well, how to improve their learning and is focused on specific objectives and clear success criteria.
- Use assessments to plan the learning for every child to ensure they meet or exceed age related expectations and make at least good progress in their learning.
- Analyse assessment outcomes to provide;-
- early recognition of children who are falling behind and plan timely interventions to support them to catch up.
- learning opportunities to challenge children who are excelling to deepen their learning and understanding.
- learning experiences that ensures all children are suitably stretched, enjoy learning and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to new learning experiences.
Ensure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation.
- Through working with other schools and using external assessments, compare our performance with that of other schools in order to continue to improve the quality of teaching.
- Assessment judgements are moderated by colleagues in school and from other schools to make sure our assessments are fair, reliable and valid.
- Consider research, training and best practice from local, national and international sources in order to improve our own assessment practice.