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Assessment Policy

Our assessment Policy was last updated in September 2016 and can be read below -

Assessment is a continuous process integral to learning and teaching. 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.

Our principles of assessment are:-

  • the responsibility to make and hold accurate assessments for every individual in their class rests with the class teacher, regardless of pupil ability or group teaching arrangements
  • to provide information to support progression in learning through planning
  • to provide information for target setting for individuals, groups and cohorts
  • to share learning goals with children
  • to involve children with self-assessment
  • to help pupils know and recognise the standards they are aiming for
  • to raise standards of learning
  • to identify children for intervention and support
  • to inform parents and other interested parties of children’s progress
  • to complete a critical self-evaluation of the school

Assessment for Learning

Assessment for learning provides opportunities which are a natural part of teaching and learning; it is 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 at Riverside School we will (more detailed information is contained in the annex ‘Assessment Strategies’):

  • Evaluate pupils learning to identify those pupils with particular needs (including those who are able) so that any issues can be addressed in subsequent lessons
  • 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 individual, challenging targets in Maths and English on a regular basis and discuss these with the pupils so that they are involved in the process
  • Regularly share these targets with parents to include them in supporting their child’s learning
  • Encourage pupils to evaluate their own work against success criteria based upon specific, key learning objectives
  • Mark work so that it is meaningful, motivating, constructive and informative in accordance with the Marking and Feedback Policy
  • Incorporate both formative and summative assessment opportunities in medium and short term planning
  • Assess English (inc phonics), Maths and Science using a common format and make relevant comments about pupils progress in order to close the gaps to  the National Curriculum age related expected standard, as well as stretching those working at greater depth and our higher ability pupils.
  • Pass on assessment information to the next class teacher so children can be tracked as they progress through the school
  • Ensure SEND/Pupil Premium and Spotlight children (those vulnerable to not achieving Age Related Expectations or not making expected progress across time and are NOT SEND/PP) are tracked and provision is mapped termly to accelerate progress and close the gap to Age Related expectations, as well as extending and challenging higher ability members of these groups.

Use Assessment for learning strategies such as:

  • “Top down” planning
  • Considering Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy when questioning /discussing
  • Working walls
  • Setting aspirational targets and sharing these with children and parents
  • Sharing success criteria- use modelling – “what a good one looks like and why”
  • Self and peer evaluation
  • Discussion, talk and modelling
  • Learning journey – children know what is next
  • Question and answer /paired peer work to explain learning/challenge each other
  •  Marking of pupils’ work
  •  Observational assessment
  •  Regular short re-cap quizzes
  •  Scanning work for pupil attainment and development
  • Asking pupils about their learning
  • Showing explanations of thinking/workings
  • Reading inference/comprehension assessment through questioning
  • Planning for opportunities to use and apply knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts

Formal Assessment Cycle

Formal assessment is a systematic part of our school’s work which will be used to track each cohort in the 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 Riverside School will include

1. Data from statutory assessments

  • Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
  • Year 1 Phonics test/ Year 2 retest for those “Working Towards” previously in Year 1
  • Key Stage 1 assessments
  • Key Stage 2 assessments

2.Information from termly and end of year assessments

3. Nursery and Reception on entry assessments entered into O track

4. Whole school targets entered into O track by half term Autumn Term

5. Whole school , termly writing, reading, phonics and maths judgements achieved using the detail held on Sheffield STAT are placed onto O Track

6.For Foundation subjects, teachers will informally track pupil attainment against the taught, differentiated year group curriculum and use this information to inform end of year report commentary- evidence sources for these subjects are recorded on a curriculum grid for subject leaders and reviewed termly.

The regular reviewing of tracking data will give teachers the opportunity to revise and refine targets for the class. It is in recognising the individual abilities of pupils, that the school can make finely tuned adjustments for target setting for each cohort. The discipline of regularly analysing pupils’ attainment will ensure that every pupil has challenging and realistic targets set for them and that the path of reaching those targets is determined through effective classroom organisation; setting learning groups and careful planning.

To achieve this at Riverside School we will:-

  • follow the Assessment cycle and update the data on a regular basis into the O Track tracking system (termly)
  • use information to identify percentages of children working at each step within a cohort, percentages below, at and above Age Related Expectations and also percentages who are making expected or better than expected progress when compared to previous data
  • analyse the data and review targets for individuals and groups and use the information to identify intervention groups, including those pupils who are gifted and able, those with special educational needs and those in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding and those on the Spotlight children lists (see above).
  • set cohort targets for English and Maths and share information with headteacher, assessment coordinator, SENCO, subject leaders and governors
  • work with colleagues both internally and in STAR Alliance work to moderate a core subject every term
  • analyse data at the end of academic year to track ‘value added’ progress made by cohorts, groups of pupils and individuals

Reporting

Reporting to parents / carers provides the opportunity for communication about their child’s achievements, abilities and future targets. The end of year reports will be written so that they have a positive effect on pupils’ attitudes, motivation and self esteem.

At Riverside School we will:-

• Provide opportunities for two parent consultation evenings so that parents can discuss how well their child has settled and be involved in target setting process; have opportunities for a mid-year progress report and have a final end of year report. (Parents with children on the SEND register or those who are disadvantaged will have more frequent opportunities for teacher consultations).

• Provide an end of year written report which include results of statutory tests and assessments and gives information relating to progress and attainment

• Discuss pupil progress at the request of parent by appointment.

The assessment co-ordinator will:

  • Formulate the school’s assessment policy in consultation with the leadership team, 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 the school with relevant tests and update the assessment cycle
  • Ensure pupil progress meetings are held and rigorous
  • Highlight pupils and groups of pupils who have made less than expected progress or are working below expectations
  • Analyse results to identify attainment and progress made by pupils and for groups of pupils such as those who are registered as disadvantaged (Pupil Premium), gender, vulnerable children and children from an ethnic background
  • Report to governors regarding the policy, statutory test results and cohort targets

Moderation

Moderation is important to ensure a consistent approach in assessment throughout the school. It is important that when teacher assessments are carried out, there is evidence recorded to justify judgements made.

At Riverside School we will:

  • Use STAT materials to benchmark and moderate pupils in accordance with guidance
  • Meet regularly when in phase meetings to moderate all core subject  assessments and peer moderation for end of year assessments for all reportable year groups
  • Moderate work through planning and book scrutinies, feeding findings back to members of staff
  • Collate evidence to back up teacher assessments, such as through the use of big books in science
  • Participate in STAR Alliance moderation schemes as well as partner work with other local schools.
  • Participate in partner work with the Local Authority for any statutory moderation visits as notified by the Local Authority

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