The following link takes you to our Curriculum and Assessment Road Map that outlines in brief our transition to assessment without levels over the last twelve months.
In terms of how we will assess children’s progress against the new curriculum, how we will keep parents informed, to enable governors to make judgements about the school’s effectiveness, and to inform Ofsted inspections the following information is shared with you. Accurate and effective assessment
- Assessments which are accurate and effective are the cornerstone of learning. ‘Assessment for learning’ is at the heart of our practice. In essence this means quality first teaching where staff know exactly what children can do and where to take their learning next
- Children having a sound understanding of their own learning, knowing how well they are doing and how to improve is in integral part of this
Tools for assessment
- We currently use INCAS and GL tests to assess our pupils in a range of areas within the core subjects
- We also use a range of other assessment tools including the Sheffield STAT, which is directly linked to the new national curriculum
How is this achieved?
- Through effective questioning
- Through specific marking and feedback which children understand and act upon
- Through children knowing their next steps
- Through ‘assessment for learning’ where staff respond to children’s learning
- Through a tracking system which enables comparators between groups and nationally in terms of attainment and progress over time
- Through robust discussion of each child’s progress through a meeting every half-term
- Through careful analysis of group and cohort attainment and progress by all staff
- Through sharing best practice and standardisation at Federation, Cluster and Pyramid level
- Through consideration and benchmarking of best practice nationally
How is this shared with parents?
- Our online tracking system will be shared with parents once new data, for the new curriculum, is uploaded
- Termly parent meetings or reports
- We are currently in a transition process in how we are judging standards of achievement and have created a "Curriculum and Assessment Road Map" that explains the process of assessment without levels.
How are governors’ enabled to make judgements?
- Through linking with subject coordinators and classes to see assessment in action
- Through rigorous analysis of assessments at Standards Committee meetings
How is this used to inform Ofsted inspections?
- Inspectors will see how assessment, teaching and leadership are linked
- Inspectors will be able to assess our judgments against national benchmarks
In summary, assessment at St. Nicholas C of E Middle School is used to drive improvements in order for every child to ‘Be the Best they can Be’