The Purpose of Assessment
The purpose of assessment at Coldfair Green is to provide information:
- For children to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do in their work.
- To help children understand how well they are doing and what they need to do next to improve their work.
- To allow teachers to plan work that accurately reflects the needs of each child.
- To track the attainment and progress of individual pupils, groups and cohorts of pupils and thus inform future planning.
- To provide the pupils’ next teacher with information which will ensure smooth transition and promote continuity and progression across the school.
- To provide receiving schools with information to ensure the child’s swift transfer and continuous progress.
- To provide the headteacher with information which allows them to monitor and make judgements about the effectiveness of the school and identify strengths and weaknesses in the curriculum and to utilise this information to inform school improvement planning.
- To provide key stage leaders with information which allows them to monitor and make judgements about the effectiveness of practice within their key stage.
- To provide subject leaders with information which allows them to monitor and make judgements about the effectiveness of practice within their subject area.
- To provide governors with information on the school’s performance to aid their monitoring procedures.
- To provide regular information for parents to enable them to support their child’s learning.
- To provide parents with information about the performance of the school.
- To provide staff with evidence of pupil progress and identify intervention strategies to be deployed.
Ongoing Formative Assessment
We believe that thorough assessment procedures are essential for informing the next stages of planning and helping children to know what they have to do to make progress. We endeavour to achieve this by:
- Informing pupils of the learning objectives and criteria for demonstrating success in each lesson.
- Questioning throughout the lesson in order to judge pupil understanding.
- Observations – often by Teaching Assistants either focused or interactive.
- Providing regular opportunities to review learning against the success criteria throughout the lesson.
- Involving the children in peer and self assessment by setting pupil targets and success criteria which help them to assess their own progress and the progress of their peers within lessons and over longer periods of time.
- Planned assessment against learning objectives in medium/short term planning.
- Displays which celebrate achievement and progress.
- Feeding back to pupils on an ongoing basis both verbally and in writing matched to the age and the individual needs of the pupil
- Focused marking using learning objectives and success criteria.
- Sampling pupils’ work.
- Carrying out diagnostic assessments e.g. using assessment grids like the Criterion Scale or analysis of tests to identify the gaps in learning.
- Using assessments and feedback from marking to inform the next stages of learning and planning
Equality of opportunity is a fundamental right for all children regardless of race, culture, gender or special educational needs. We recognise that every child has equal opportunities:
We have high expectations of all pupils and of all groups of pupils
- We carry out data analysis of pupil performance identifying areas of development for all pupils and groups of pupils, comparing their progress with national expectations and are committed to taking action where underachievement is identified
- We recognise and value all forms of achievement
For further information regarding assessment please see our Assessment Policy.
Link for parents about 2017 National Curriculum Assessments