Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that learners are making at least expected progress.
Our approach to assessment
- All staff are regularly trained in our approach to assessment.
- We have a leader who is responsible for assessment.
- Our assessments embodies, through agreed criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every child.
- Assessment also places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards.
Our assessment processes support;
- pupils in developing their learning;
- parents in supporting children with their learning;
- teachers in planning teaching and learning;
- school leaders and governors in planning and allocating resources
Judgements are formed according to common principles and processes to ensure consistency and draws on a range of evidence.
Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure their accuracy.
What we use to assess
We use the assessment tools that Brighton and Hove local Authority have collaboratively developed to assess pupils in reading, writing and mathematics. These are being used in a number of schools in the Tri Borough, which means that we can meaningfully moderate judgements.
Our use of assessment
- Teachers use the outcomes of our assessments to summarise and analyse attainment and progress for their pupils and classes.
- Teachers use this data to plan the learning for every pupil to ensure they meet or exceed expectations.
- Teachers and leaders analyse the data across the school to ensure that pupils identified as vulnerable or at particular risk in this school are making appropriate progress and that all pupils are suitably stretched.
- The information from assessment is communicated to parents and pupils on a termly basis through a structured conversation. Parents and pupils receive rich, qualitative profiles of what has been achieved and indications of what they need to do next.
- We celebrate all achievements across a broad and balanced curriculum, including sport, art and performance, behaviour, and social and emotional development.
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