At St Mary’s we believe that effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning. We give learners regular feedback on their learning so that they understand what it is that they need to do better.
This allows us to base our lesson plans on a detailed knowledge of each pupil. We give parents regular written and verbal reports on their child’s progress so that teachers, children and parents are all working together to raise standards for all our children. Currently we are in a transition period, since the removal of National Curriculum Levels descriptors and the implementation of the New Curriculum. During this period of transition (Autumn 2014) we will continue to use the existing national curriculum levels and work in partnership with the local authority and external agencies to design a new assessment tool. Our school statement needs to be read in conjunction with our Assessment, Marking and Feedback and Teaching and Learning policies.
The aims and objectives of assessment in our school are:
Assessment is not a singular activity; it is about measurement of performance at a given point in time and a way of gaining information to promote future learning. Our first point of principle should be to hold on to aspects of assessment that aim to measure what we value rather than simply valuing what we are able to measure. Secondly, we acknowledge that there are two distinct types of assessment used by the school. These include:
Therefore we use the following formal assessment procedures to measure outcomes against all schools nationally:
The teacher will:
The pupil will: