Mayespark Primary School

Mayespark Primary School

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  Approach to Assessment at Mayespark 

In April 2014 the Department for Education released ‘Assessment Principles’, a document  outlining the core values all effective assessment systems should implement as part of the  changes introduced with the 2014 National Curriculum. As the ‘government will not  impose a single system for on-going assessment’, it is up to schools to implement a system  that can:

‘Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school, is performing, help drive improvement for pupils and teachers and make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation.’ (DfE Assessment Principles, April 2014)

At Mayespark we have traditionally reported to you your child’s attainment in maths and  English as being low, secure or high within a certain level. We have also discussed their rate of progress in relation to the number of sub-levels they have moved.  Nationally this has now changed as the government felt that schools should have greater autonomy in deciding how they assess pupil achievement, and that the levels system had become outdated and was no longer fit for purpose.

We now report your child’s attainment in the following way;

                WT    =          Working towards age related expectations    

                       A      =          Working at age related expectations   

                 H      =          Working at a higher standard.

 The National Curriculum states that children should be securely at age related expectations for their year group by the end of each year.

At Mayespark Primary School we believe effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning. We give our children regular feedback on their learning  so that they understand what it is that they need to do better. This allows us to base our daily plans on a detailed knowledge of each pupil. We give parents termly feedback on their child’s progress, through parents’ evenings and / or written reports, so that teachers, children and parents are all working together to raise standards for all our children.

 

The aims and objectives of assessment in our school are to:

  • help children understand how well they are doing and what they need to do next to improve
  • allow teachers to plan work that accurately reflects the needs of each child
  • provide regular information for parents to enable them to support their child’s learning
  • keep parents informed about their child’s achievements and progress and enable them to help their children make further progress
  • provide the pupils’ next teacher with information that will ensure smooth transition and promote continuity and progression
  • provide governors with information on the school’s performance to aid their monitoring procedures 
 

  

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