Teacher assessment takes place in an on-going way throughout the year through a variety of forms. This includes pupil observations, marking of independent work and dialogue with pupils as well as written assessments. Teachers meet with the Senior Leadership Team each term to discuss pupil progress and on-going tracking.
A number of statutory assessments will take place at the following times:
Statutory from September 2016 (trialling from September 2015) is the new Baseline assessment for Early Years. The purpose of the 'baseline check' is to assess each child’s level of development at the beginning of their formal schooling in order to measure how they’ve progressed by age 11. It should be completed within the first six weeks of starting school. Baseline assessment will be observation led and carried out by members of the Reception Staff. It does not involve any pre-set tasks or tests. The assessment will help indicate a child’s ‘baseline’ in all three Prime Areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language) as well as Literacy and Maths and the important features within the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check takes place in the summer term and is a light touch assessment to confirm whether individuals have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. Parents will be informed as to whether their child has passed or not.
Year 2 will undertake national tests and tasks at the end of Key Stage 1 in maths, reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling. The results are used to support and inform on-going teacher assessment. We aim to make this as much part of a normal school day as possible. Parents will be notified of the results of their child and the overall school results. Any child who did not pass the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will be assessed again and this will be reported to parents.
Year 6 pupils will undertake national tests at the end of Key Stage 2 in maths, reading and grammar, spelling and punctuation. Writing will be assessed through teacher judgements. Parents will be notified of the results of their child and the overall school results.