At Endon Hall Primary School, we recognise that good practice in assessment:
1. Promotes and supports learning
2. Informs teaching
3. Is both formative and summative
4. Uses appropriate and diverse strategies
5. Recognises ALL pupil progress and achievement
6. Develops the capacity for self assessment
7. Fosters a shared involvement and responsibility between school and home
Assessment is not an end in itself; its main purpose is to support teaching and learning by identifying what pupils already know and can do and what their next step should be. Therefore, assessments are made on an on-going basis and assessment documents are regularly updated. Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning which is evident in every lesson.
- Marking work (oral or written feedback)
- Continually evidencing/cross referencing learning towards end of year expectations
- Observing pupils – this includes listening to how they describe their work and their reasoning
- Questioning, using open questions, phrased to invite pupils to explore their ideas and reasoning
- Asking pupils to communicate their thinking in different ways
- Setting tasks which require pupils to use certain skills or apply ideas to move on in lessons e.g. use of success criteria/individual targets for English and Maths
- Teachers notes in planning and children’s books
- Testing – Formal, summative assessments are carried out at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6) in accordance with National Curriculum assessment requirements; Standardised tests are carried out yearly.
End of Year expectation documents are used to track pupils and allow for the use of the methods listed above in building a record of each child’s progress in the core subjects. Click below to find out more about the end of year expectations for each year group.
Standardised tests are carried out yearly. The results from these tests are used to compare our data with national scores, as well as being able to determine the level of progress made.
The process of moderation is an essential part of the assessment system. Teachers are involved in the moderation process with colleagues in our school and other schools, to ensure agreement on criteria for end of year expectations.
Termly summary assessments are kept of pupils attainment in the foundation subjects.
End of Key Stage assessment (Year 2 and Year 6)
Following the removal of levels of attainment, end of year expectations (provided above) are now in place. These show what children are expected to achieve in each year group in order to meet National expectations.
Children sit statutory tests at the end of each Key Stage, assessing their attainment towards National expectations.
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