Wilkes Green Infant School - Assessment Principles
A new National curriculum began for primary schools in September 2014.
Accurate and effective assessment
- Assessments which are accurate and effective are the cornerstone of learning. ‘Assessment for learning’ is at the heart of our practice. In essence this means quality first teaching where staff know exactly what children can do and where to take their learning next.
- Children having a sound understanding of their own learning, knowing how well they are doing and how to improve is in integral part of this.
How is this achieved?
- Through effective questioning
- Through specific marking and feedback which children understand and act upon
- Through children knowing their next steps
- Through ‘assessment for learning’ where staff respond to children’s learning
- Through a tracking system which enables comparators between groups in terms of attainment and progress over time
- Through robust discussion of each child’s progress through a meeting each half term
- Through careful analysis of group and cohort attainment and progress by all staff
- Through sharing best practice and moderation through working with other Birmingham schools.
How is this shared with parents?
- Our staff are encouraged to speak to you about your child’s progress on a regular basis. If you want to speak to your child’s teacher about any aspect of their learning please come in and see us.
- Termly parent meetings or reports
How are governors enabled to make judgements?
- Through linking with subject co-ordinators and classes to see assessment in action
- Through rigorous analysis of assessments at Standards Committee meetings
How is this used to inform Ofsted inspections?
- Inspectors will see how assessment, teaching and leadership are linked
- Inspectors will be able to assess our judgements against national benchmarks
In summary, assessment at Wilkes Green Infants is used to drive improvements in order for every child to demonstrate they are making progress.
This page shows our latest performance data.
We were praised this year by Services for Education, the body commissioned by the Local Authority to carry out moderation of the end of Key Stage 1 assessments for the accuracy of our teacher assessment and the level of challenge throughout the year in the pupils’ books.