Prince Rock Primary School
Assessment Statement March 2016
How do we assess learning at Prince Rock Primary School?
At Prince Rock Primary School we believe that knowing what each child has achieved and what their next steps are is crucial to helping them to succeed. In order to know this, we regularly assess the children. This happens in different ways.
As a result of assessment, teachers are able to adapt their lessons and the curriculum to make sure they are fully meeting the needs of the children. Additional interventions would be put in place for any specific needs identified.
What changed in September 2014?
When the new curriculum was introduced, the government removed the system of using levels to assess children (this came into place for Year 2 and Year 6 in September 2015). Schools were asked to develop their own system or adopt a new system that they felt met their needs. Schools must still be able to show evidence of the good progress the children are making.
At Prince Rock Primary school, we considered carefully how to proceed with this new assessment system.
How do we track the children’s achievement?
Below average – working at a year group below their actual age
Emerging – just below but nearly there
Expected – doing well
Embedded – secure – doing very well
Exceeding – working at a year group above their actual age
How do we ensure judgements are accurate?
Alongside these assessments, National assessments take place at the end of:
Year 1 phonic screening
Year 2 tests in reading, writing (including grammar, punctuation and spelling) and maths
Year 6 tests in reading, grammar, punctuation & spelling and maths
What do we do with this data?
The main purpose of assessment data is to inform future learning for each child. Teachers and senior leaders use it to ensure that all children and groups (including pupil premium children) receive the education best suited to their needs which will ensure excellent attainment and progress for all. Teachers meet senior leaders termly to review the progress of pupils. Governors are given an overview of the achievement of each class and cohort termly.
Parents are kept informed about their child’s achievement at Parents’ Evenings and through annual reports. If there is a concern about a child’s progress, the parent will be contacted to discuss additional support the school and home can provide for the child.