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Assessment, Recording and Reporting Policy

Accrington Benjamin Hargreaves CE (VA) Primary School

Assessment, Recording and Reporting Policy

January 2016

Mission Statement

We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals, enabling them to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.

Aims of assessment

Assessment is a continuous process integral to teaching and learning. It is how teachers gain knowledge of their pupils’ needs, achievements and abilities, enabling planning and delivery to be more effective, thereby raising attainment for every child.

Assessment needs to:

  •  provide information and feedback to support progression in learning through planning;
  •  provide information for target setting for individuals, groups and cohorts;
  •  share learning goals with children;
  •  involve children with self assessment;
  •  help pupils know and recognise the standards they are aiming for;
  •  raise standards of learning;
  •  identify children for intervention programmes;
  •  inform parents and other interested parties of children’s progress;
  • complete a critical self evaluation of the school.

 

Assessment for Learning

Assessment opportunities, which are a natural part of teaching and learning, are constantly taking place in the classroom through discussion, listening and analysis of work. It is essential that teachers know how well a child has progressed and that pupils understand how well they are doing and what they must learn to help them improve.

To achieve this we will:

  • evaluate pupils’ learning to identify those pupils with particular needs, including those who are able, so that any issues can be addressed.
  • adjust plans to meet the needs of the pupils, differentiating objectives where appropriate.
  • ensure pupils are aware of the learning objective and encourage them to evaluate their progress so that they understand the next steps they need to make.
  • set challenging targets in English and Maths on a regular basis and discuss these with the pupils so that they are involved in the process.
  • encourage pupils to evaluate their own work, individually and in pairs, against success criteria based upon specific, key learning objectives.
  • mark work so that it is constructive and informative in accordance with the Marking Policy.
  • incorporate both formative and summative assessment opportunities in medium and short term planning.
  • assess all subjects termly using a common format and record relevant comments about pupils’ progress in meetings with SLT, especially for those working below or above the national average.
  • pass on relevant assessments to the next class teacher.

 

Formal Assessment Cycle

From September 2015 the way by which we assess children’s progress has changed and the children are now assessed according to age related expectations laid out in the new National Curriculum.  Our School uses the Lancashire KLIPs which provide teachers with a breakdown of the age related expectations from which they must assess each child.  In Reading, Writing and Maths it is expected that the teachers will use independent work and have supporting evidence to assess against the KLIPs and will assess each child individually to gain a full perspective of what each child is able to do and where further support/intervention may be needed to help them achieve their age related expectations.  In Foundation Subjects such as Geography and History, the KLIPs will be used. However the children will be grouped and assessed against their peers.  By the end of the academic year the teachers will make final judgements regarding the progress and attainment of each child and will have a bank of evidence to support their judgements for moderation by the Headteacher, Assessment Coordinator and subject leaders if needed.

Formal assessment is a systematic part of our School’s work which will be used to track each cohort in School. It is through an effective tracking system that the needs of every pupil can be met and that the school develops a clear understanding of how to raise standards

The Assessment cycle at Benjamin Hargreaves will include data from:

  • Target setting at the beginning of the academic year;
  • Statutory tests – Foundation Stage Profile, Year 1 Phonics Screening Tests and end of Key Stage SATs;
  • regular writing assessments
  • regular teacher assessments carried out in Maths;
  • on-going teacher assessments in all subjects on a termly basis;
  • Lancashire Pupil Tracker to track children’s progress through School;
  • termly pupil progress meetings;
  • end of year reviews of pupils’ progress;
  • Reports sent to Parents/Carers informing them of their child’s progress

 

Tracking data will be reviewed every term by the Assessment Coordinator and Headteacher.  It is in recognising the individual abilities of pupils, that School can make finely, tuned adjustments for target setting for each cohort.

Reporting

Reporting to Parents/Carers provides the opportunity for communication about their child’s achievements, abilities and future targets. The annual end of year reports are written so that they have a positive effect on pupils’ attitudes, motivation and self esteem.  Reports written for Year 6 children are sent onto their receiving High School.  All reports include particulars of a child’s effort and attainment  in subjects studied as part of the School’s Curriculum.  Comments refer to strengths and weaknesses and will include targets for future development.  A separate report reporting on the Statutory Test results will be provided for certain year groups.  Parents/Carers also have the opportunity to receive verbal feedback from teachers at Parents’ Evenings held in the Autumn and Spring Terms.

The Assessment Co-ordinator will:

  • formulate the School’s Assessment Policy in consultation with the Headteacher, staff and governors.
  • review the policy regularly in the light of statutory requirements and the needs of the School.
  • provide support and guidance with assessment and keep up to date with current information.
  • resource School with relevant tests and update the Assessment Cycle.
  • maintain the ‘tracking files’ and consult with all staff about the targets set.
  • highlight pupils who have made no progress or are working below expectations.
  • analyse results to identify attainment and progress made by pupils and identify children who may benefit from intervention programmes.

 

 

Review  Summer 2017

 


  • Benjamin Hargreaves C.E. Primary School Voluntary Aided,
  • Barnfield Street, Accrington,
  • Lancashire BB5 2AQ
  • | Phone: 01254 232130