At Whitchurch assessing the children’s learning is an integral part of every lesson. We have a variety of methods we use to monitor and ensure progress is occurring.
We have been working very closely with Assessment for Learning Consultant Claire Gadsby to implement exciting and innovative assessment strategies in every lesson. At Whitchurch we use a consistent feedback approach across the school when marking work. Children are also expected to have a green pen in school at all times for reflective comments on their progress and that of their peers.
The Government has made a huge change in the way that children in schools are to be assessed in the long term. This is to tie in with the National Curriculum that started to be used by all schools in 2014. The Department for Education announced that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels and that schools would have to set up their own way of assessing pupils. We have spent a long time researching various different methods of assessment, and after investigating many different assessment and tracking systems, we decided to use the Frog Progress system.
The pupils are assessed throughout the year using various Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), objectives which judge whether pupils have grasped the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding for each topic or theme. We have used the following assessment categories:
- Working below the expected standard
- Working towards the expected standard
- Working at the expected standard
- Working at a greater depth within the expected standard
The standards refer to national expectations set by the government. Once pupils have securely reached the expected standard they are given stretching work to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge, and are given more opportunities to develop their using and applying skills.
There are also various statutory tests that pupils must take throughout their school lives. You can find out our latest results in full on the Department for Education website, Ofsted School’s Data Dashboard and our Data and Results page.