- Every child knows how they are doing, and understands what they need to do to improve and how to get there. They get the support they need to be motivated, independent learners.
- Every teacher is equipped to make well-founded judgments about pupils’ attainment, understands the concepts and principles of progression, and knows how to use their assessments to forward plan, to ensure that every child achieves their potential.
- Drighlington Primary School has in place structured and systematic assessment systems for making regular, useful, manageable and accurate assessments of pupils and for tracking their progress.
- Every Parent and Carer knows how their child is doing, what they need to do to improve, and how they can support the child and their teacher.
Our Assessment System
- The National Curriculum sets out expectations for each year group and children will be assessed against those every year, so a child in Year 4 will always be judged in the first instance against the expectations for the end of Year 4.
- In order to track children’s progress throughout the year we will use 3 bands to show whether children are developing towards the expectations for their year group, meeting the expectations for their year group or working at a greater depth than the expectations.
To track progress during the year we have split each band into 3 sections:
By the end of the year we expect the majority of children to have met the expectations for their year group and achieve an M+
What about children with Special Educational Needs?
Children who are on the school’s register of Special Educational Needs may be assessed against a programme of study for a different year group. For example, a child in Year 5 may be assessed against Year 3 objectives. This will be decided by the class teacher in consultation with the school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).
What formal tests will my child take?
Your child will take certain tests specified by the Government. These are:
Year 1 – Phonics check
Year 2 –SATs tests in Reading, Maths.
Year 6 – SATs tests in Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
If your child is in any of the above year groups you will be given more information about these tests during the year.
Your child will also take certain school-based tests during the year to help us to track their progress against the curriculum.
Where can I find out more?
If you have any specific questions relating to your child’s progress or attainment, the first point of contact should always be their class teacher. For more detail about our assessment procedures, please access the Assessment Policies in the Policies section of the website.