Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning at Burlish Park Primary School, driving improvement for pupils and teachers. It helps to track pupil progress against National Curriculum objectives and enables us to give reliable information to parents about their child, and how their child’s school is performing.
Each year group is expected to master a set of age-related objectives from the National Curriculum to meet the expected standard for their age. Teachers continually assess progress towards these to inform planning and identify pupil targets.
We are using an assessment tracking system called Scholar, which has six assessment points throughout the year. At the end of the academic year, children will be assessed to identify if they have met the Age Related Expectations (ARE) for their year group. (see code sheet below to see whole school progression)
The first number represents the curriculum year that they are currently working in. The second number refers to the achieved assessment point in the year.
Our main aim is that every pupil is secure within their age related expectation by the end of the year. If a child were to be assessed at 1:6 at the end of Year 1 they would be working on the Year 1 curriculum and are working at ARE.
Some children may be working below ARE therefore could be in Year 4 but have not met all of the objectives at the end of the year so could be assessed at 4:5. They could also be below and working on the Year 3 curriculum. The end of year assessment could be 3:5.
Some children may be working at greater depth so may be assessed as x1 or x2. If in Year 6 this would look like 6×1 or 6×2.
Pupils’ attainment is compared to the expectations for their year group. Attainment is graded in the following bands:
Greater Depth: Pupils working beyond the standard expected for their year group, showing greater depth of understanding.
Expected: Pupils who are working at the standard expected for their year group.
Working Towards: Pupils who are working at the appropriate age curriculum, but who have not yet secured all of the expected learning for their year group.
Below: Pupils who are not yet working on the objectives linked to their year group.
A minority of pupils may be working on objectives in a year band below their own; they will receive support to help them make accelerated progress to help them to narrow the gap between them and their peers.
The Early Years curriculum and assessment system in Nursery and Reception remains unchanged and continues to be measured as Emerging, Developing and Secure within the age bands 22-36 months, 30-50 months and 40-60 months. At the end of Reception, children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals.