Assessment, in its many forms, is an integral part of the total process of teaching and learning, ensuring development and progression in all areas.
The purpose of assessment is:
- to recognise a breadth of achievement both within and beyond the formal curriculum
- to emphasise positive achievement and progress thereby increasing pupil motivation
- to identify individual and group needs
- to involve pupils and parents in assessment and reporting procedures, leading to future planning and target setting.
All primary school children are formally assessed at the end of each key stage (at age 7 and 11). National testing covers the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, and takes two forms – externally moderated tests or tasks (SATs) and teacher assessment. There are variations between two key stages and parents of children in Year 2 and Year 6 will receive full details during the Summer Term, outlining the nature of the assessments, full individual and school results and national comparative results.
The Reception children have a Foundation Stage Profile which records their progress.
In addition, the school makes use of a variety of internal and external assessment materials appropriate to each age group, and the information gathered is used in forming future planning as well as individual and group target setting.