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, we use Target Tracker to ensure that attainment and progress of children can be carefully monitored each term in the core subjects. We are also beginning to use Target Tracker to assess progress in a wider range of curriculum subjects. 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 secure. 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 'below'. If they demonstrated that they were working confidently with most objectives for their age-group, they would be judged as ‘secure’; some children may demonstrate a deeper level of understanding and then be described as achieving '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: