Assessment & School Data
Assessment at Backworth Park Primary School
The new National Curriculum sets out clearly the expectations at the end of Key Stages and in English, Maths and Science has detailed guidance as to which year group within the phase.
At Backworth Park, teachers assess continually during lessons using a wide range of formative assessment strategies at the point of learning. To supplement the teacher assessment judgements, school also uses a range of testing materials. Staff also participate in cross-moderation within our own school and with other schools to ensure that the judgements we make are robust and accurate. Schools are selected to be externally moderated by the Local Authority on a rolling programme.
Assessing each child against Year Group expectations:
All staff use formative assessment on a daily basis within lessons and give verbal and written feedback at an age-appropriate level to children, so that children know how they are achieving and how to improve in their learning.
Progress in Early Years is assessed against the Early Years Outcomes and Developmental Matters framework, which identifies typical behaviours/learning in age-bands, across 7 areas of learning. Assessment is on-going throughout Early Years, and regularly reported to parents, culminating in statutory assessment against the Early Learning Goals at the end of a child's Reception year. These statutory outcomes are also reported to the Local Authority and nationally.
Within Key Stages 1 and 2 teachers assess pupils against Statutory Measures and consider whether children are secure in their understanding of the curriculum for their year group. Whilst the expectation is that most pupils will be working securely within their age-appropriate curriculum by the end of the academic year, we recognise that each pupil is an individual and that learning does not often take a linear path. Some children may be working below their appropriate age group’s curriculum and require targeted teaching for specific gaps in their knowledge. If a child was working at the early stage within the objectives for their age, they would be assessed as 'Working Towards'. If they demonstrated that they were working confidently with most objectives for their age-group, they would be judged as ‘Working At Expected’; some children may demonstrate a deeper level of understanding and then be described as achieving 'Working at Greater Depth’.
Assessment outcomes are reported to parents in Parent/ Teacher meetings and formally in Annual School Reports issued at the end of the Summer Term.
In addition to the EYFS assessments in Reception, statutory assessments are undertaken:
- Year 1 Phonic Check: At the end of Year 1, children are required to be assessed on the Phonic Check. They are required to read 40 words to demonstrate their ability to decode and blend. Should a child not achieve the expected pass mark in Year 1, they are re-tested at the end of Year 2.
- End of Key Stage One SATs (Year 2): Children are teacher-assessed in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science and judgements made as to whether they are working at the expected standard for their age. Teacher assessment outcomes are reported to parents and to the Local Authority and nationally; test outcomes can be reported to parents if wished.
- Year 4 Multiplication Times Tables Check: Children carry out an online assessment of their knowledge and recall of all times tables facts. This commenced in June 2022.
- End of Key Stage 2 SATs (Year 6): As in Year 2, children continue to be teacher-assessed in key subjects. They also sit strictly timed tests in Reading, Mathematics and GPaS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling). Writing continues to be teacher assessed.
Statutory Data 2018-2019
The published data from 2018-2019 remains our most recent statutory assessment data as subsequent years did not require publication due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The government will not publish KS2 school level data for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. They have archived data from the 2018 to 2019 academic year because they recognise that the data from that year may no longer refelct current performance.