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Assessment

In our school the following 7 principles underpin assessment

 

1.  Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.

  • Assessment and pedagogy are inextricably connected. Assessment of pupils’ attainment and progress is directly linked to the curriculum followed by the school.
  • Assessment provides the evidence required to guide teaching and learning.
  • Assessment provides the opportunity for children to demonstrate and review their progress.
  • Assessment is an ongoing process.  Throughout the year information rich activities and teacher assessments give teachers a clear picture of what each child can do.

 

2.  Assessment is fair.

  • Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.
  • Teachers should be aware of any potential bias in their assessments of pupils and make conscious efforts to guard against it.
  • Assessment is free from bias towards factors that are not relevant to what the assessment intends to address.

 

3.  Assessment is honest.

  • Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to assist pupils with their learning.
  •  Assessment judgments are moderated by year groups, across the school and by the leadership team to ensure their accuracy.

 

4.  Assessment is ambitious.

  • Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards.
  • Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every child.
  • Assessment objectives reflect high expectations for all learners.
  • Assessment feedback inspires greater effort form each child and a belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved

 

5.  Assessment is appropriate.

  • The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated. For our assessment to be effective teachers must clearly tie that assessment to its purpose. Whilst designing our assessment protocols we have considered:
    • Why our children are being assessed
    • The aspects f learning which the assessment is intended to measure
    •  What the assessment is intended t achieve •
    • How the assessment information will be shared with other professionals, the child and parents
  • Assessment will draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of each child’s achievement.
  • Our assessment protocols will expect no more procedures or records than are practically required to allow children, their parents and teachers to plan future learning.

5.  Assessment is consistent.

  • Judgements are formed according to common principles.
  • The results are readily understandable by third parties.
  • Our results must be capable of comparison with other schools,  both locally and nationally.

6.  Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:

  • children in developing their  learning;
  • parents in supporting children with their learning
  • teachers in planning teaching and learning.

7. Assessment provides information that justifies the time and money  spent in planning and allocating resources