‘Assessment’ is an activity that is aimed at gauging a child or group of children’s understanding. It is part of our commitment that children should know more and remember more and that learning is evidenced by a change in long-term memory.
Assessment is integral to all parts of school life, in a constant dialogue between teaching staff and child to consider how they are grasping new knowledge and mastering new skills. Some of the research that underlies our thinking includes Black and Wiliam (1998), Clarke (2008) and Sherrington (2019). As well as the activities outlined here, assessment activities include:
Marking of children's work and teacher feedback (including post-teaching activities)
Subject leader reviews
Moderation of children's attainment between schools
Reporting to parents
Additional support for children with special educational needs
These, and other assessment activities, feed into our assessment practises. Our Assessment and Review Pedagogy outlines how assessment are conducted in more detail.
Our Assessment and Review Calendars
Our Assessment and Review Calendars give teaching staff a structure of assessment across the year. This ensures assessment activities are meaningful and manageable. We ensure that we assess children’s understanding in different ways (please see the key on the calendar document), to ensure the conclusions we draw from our assessments are both as reliable and valid as possible. Once these assessments have been completed, review activities are used during the following half-term to address misconceptions or areas of development that have arisen from the assessments. This means that the exact content of the review activities cannot be planned before the assessments have taken place, yet staff have considered the types of activities that may be helpful in addressing these gaps.
As part of our response to our June 2021 Ofsted inspection, this is an area for development this year. Our Assessment and Review Calendars explain what content will be assessed each half-term. These are currently in draft form and are being built up throughout 2021-2022.