Ofsted and Performance Data
Ofsted School Inspection Reports
Teacher assessment is an essential part of the National Curriculum assessment arrangements. Results of teacher assessment are recorded alongside test results. Teacher assessment is a continuous process covering the full range of a pupil's learning. Assessments are made against the age-related performance descriptors in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum is a mastery and coverage curriculum, so it is expected that the vast majority of pupils will achieve all of the descriptors for their particular year group by the end of the year.
We believe that the ongoing feedback pupils receive on a daily basis is the most constructive and instructive way of working together to improve performance. This is evident in the way staff offer feedback on pupils’ work to a specific focus offering ‘stars’ that indicate success and ‘signposts’ that show what to do next to improve.
There is a place in school for the more formal type of assessment; assessment that sums up knowledge and understanding at any given time in an individual’s education, such as the annual Mathematics or Reading tests that we use. The data from these tests is used by staff and governors to monitor the progress of pupils as they progress through the school. This data is used to support the decisions taken about the provision of additional support for those working both above and below age-related expectations.
The school uses NFER standardised tests each term to asses where our pupils sit against the average child.
Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs)
Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) are used to show what pupils have learnt and retained during the year. The tests help our teachers learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of what your child understands about a subject. It is important that children understand they are not going to 'pass' or 'fail' the tasks or tests - it will just show what they have learned and what they can do.
Phonics is screened in year 1 and levels of development (GLD) are assessed at the end of the reception year.