Assessment Statement


Assessment without levels

 


Following the introduction of the New National Curriculum from September 2014, the government also decided that they would remove the levels- the descriptors which were used to measure children’s progress.  Children were given a level and a sublevel eg 3A.  The Department for Education said that levels were not very good with respect to helping parents to understand how far their child is improving.  In their place, from September 2014, ‘it will be for schools to decide how they assess pupils progress’.

 

The focus is still on raising the achievement of every pupil.  With this in mind the governors, leaders and teachers at Gosford Park Primary School have chosen a new way to measure pupil attainment and progress.

 

During the academic year 2014-2015

This year is a year of transition, as we move as a school from one assessment system to another. 

·          Nursery and Reception- assessments are not changing in school or nationally.

·          Year 2 and 6-will continue with the levels this year only in line with the National tests.

·          Years 1,3,4 and 5 will be assessed using the new system.


      During the academic year 2015-2016

Nursery and Reception will continue to be assessed against the statements in Development matters and at the end of Reception against the Early Leaning Goals.

Years 1-6 will be assessed against age related expectations using the STAT  Sheffield grids for reading, writing and mathematics.

 


     Our new assessment system

The old and the new curriculum have different content.  Many of the objectives in the old curriculum have moved to lower year groups.  This means it is not possible to correlate the old national curriculum levels into the new curriculum. 

 

We are now assessing children against the new national curriculum, one which where they may not have been taught the expectations from previous year groups.  We have therefore carried out a baseline for all children in Reading , Writing and Mathematics against the new national curriculum expectations.

 

The principles are as follows:

·          Every child can achieve.

·          The National curriculum expectations are linked to their age.

·          Children should be at the expected age related expectation at the end of each year.

·          Teachers will use assessment to tell them children’s individual next steps in learning.

    

      In order for children to be ready for secondary school they need to meet the Nationally required standard.

 At the end of year group children working at the expected level will be working at their year group at the secure level EG at the end of Year 3 a child should be working at Year 3 secure.

 

Our assessment and reporting system includes:

·          Ongoing teacher assessment, throughout lessons and a sequence of lessons.

·          Feedback through marking and next  steps.

·          Regular scrutiny of children’s work to ensure thay are where they should be.

·          Use of success criteria.

 

 Tracking progress over time

We track children’s progress half termly and over time against age related expectations.

Children are either:-

·          Entering their year group.

·          Developing in their year group.

·          Secure in their year group.

 

We will then be replacing Average Point scores with tracking points progress against steps in learning. Children who are making expected progress should make 12 points over the year = 4 points each term.  Children making more than 4 pints are making better than expected progress.

 

More able children

For children who have securely met their end of year expectation before the end of the year, they will be assessed as to whether they have mastered objectives.  Rather than moving onto the next years curriculum these children will work on mastering the knowledge through the application of skills in different contexts- they will be deepening their learning.

 

Early Years- Nursery and Reception

Children in Nursery and Reception will continue to be assessed against the prime and specific areas of Learning in the EYFS profile.

Assessments will be based on observation of daily activities and events.  At the end of Reception for each Early Learning goal teachers will judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year:

·          Emerging – not yet reached the expected level of development.

·          Expected

·          Exceeding- working beyond the expected level of development.

 

Reporting to Parents

 

Parent consultation meetings and the end of year written report will be based on the new assessment system and children will be given a description of where their child’s learning is in relation to their age.