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Assess,Record & Report

 

Rationale

Assessment, recording and reporting is a natural part of the teaching and learning process. They are an important feature of the school’s planning arrangements and the monitoring of the progression of individual pupils, providing information on each child’s experience and achievement. They identify what the child knows, understands and is able to do and provide information to guide future learning and development, where the recording and reporting of significant and relevant information is disseminated to those who have a right to know.

Aim:

  • At Vita et PaxPreparatory School, we aim to use assessment, recording and reporting procedures to enhance pupils’ learning, performance and personal development.  They provide a means of evaluating the school’s curriculum and teaching, to assist the progression and continuity throughout the school. They will assist in identifying individual needs [strengths, weaknesses, diagnostic check etc.]. 

Objectives:

  • To assess children’s progress in relation to the School’s Subject Policies
  • To use assessments to plan and provide a broad and balanced curriculum to suit every child’s needs and abilities
  • To keep relevant records, which are simple, meaningful and informative
  • To give children written and oral feedback about their performance, appropriate to the individual needs and lesson objectives
  • To relate marking to learning objectives and setting appropriate targets for children
  • To evaluate where further effort, resources and changes to the curriculum may enhance teaching and learning
  • To inform school reports to parents, governors and the wider community about the achievements of pupils at Vita et Pax Preparatory School

Guidelines

Forms of assessment:

Teachers continually assess pupils’ performance through their observations of children on tasks set and through the work produced.  Formal assessments are also made during the year.

These may be:

a)         Diagnostic – this identifies specific learning difficulties and strengths.

b)         Formative – is on-going and shows how knowledge is integrated and the factors which may prevent achievement

c)         Summative – this sums up what has been achieved and measures performance at the end of each complete unit of work or through nationalised standardised assessment tests. 

Records

Records of attainment are useful to map children’s progress.

 They will include:

  • Scrap Book portfolio
  • Baseline assessments
  • Teachers’ reading files
  • Weekly spelling and dictation results
  • Levelled writing assessment book [twice yearly, covering specific genre]
  • Daniels & Diack Reading & Comprehension test
  • Salford reading test
  • Dolch reading test
  • Vernons spelling test
  • End of topic assessment grids
  • Approach to Learning cards [Autumn & Spring terms]
  • NfER Progress in English & Maths Reception – Year 6 [May]
  • ISEB Assessments in English & Maths – Year 3 – 6 [November] 

Monitoring

Children’s progress will be monitored continually through informal and formal assessments by the class teacher and this will inform both medium and short term planning.

The Head, Deputy and Key Stage Co-ordinators will be responsible for monitoring progress throughout the key stage or school.  Work will be scrutinised and reported back to staff to help inform future planning 

Parents are invited to attend the Curriculum Evening with the class teacher, at the beginning of the Autumn term, to hear about the work and procedures involved in the new academic year.  Opportunities are there to discuss any individual issues that may arise.

In November & May each year ISEB & NfER tests are completed.  These are followed by Parents’ Consultation meetings, which are arranged depending on the examination date.

A written report in July summarises the year’s work. At the end of the autumn and spring terms, parents will also receive an Approach to Learning card, which sets out how pupils’ attitudes to their work are progressing. 

Remember to:

   Start from where you’re at.

   Celebrate success.

   Assess the important.

   Record the significant.

   Personalise feedback

   Edit out the insignificant

   Report the highlights.