Rationale for Assessment

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Parkhill Junior School’s Rationale for Assessment

In April 2014 the Department for Education released ‘Assessment Principles’, a document outlining the core values all effective assessment systems should implement as part of the changes introduced with the 2014 National Curriculum. As the ‘Government will not impose a single system for on-going assessment’, it is up to schools to implement a system that can:

‘Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school, is performing, help drive improvement for pupils and teachers and make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation.’

At Parkhill Junior we have traditionally reported to you your child’s attainment in maths and English as being low, secure or high within a certain level. We have also discussed their rate of progress in relation to the number of sub-levels they have moved.  Nationally this has now changed as the government felt that schools should have greater autonomy in deciding how they assess pupil achievement, and that the levels system had become outdated and was no longer fit for purpose.

We will now be reporting your child’s attainment as working toward, working within or working above age related expectations. The new National Curriculum states that children should be working within age related expectations for their year group by the end of each year.

At Parkhill Junior School we believe effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning.

We give our children regular feedback on their learning so that they understand what it is that they need to do better. This allows us to base our weekly plans on a detailed knowledge of each pupil. We give parents termly feedback on their child’s progress so that teachers, children and parents are all working together to raise standards for all our children.

The aims and objectives of assessment in our school are:

· to enable our children to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do in their work;

· to help our children understand 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 provide regular information for parents that enables them to support their child’s learning;

· to provide the headteacher and governors with information that allows them to make judgements about the effectiveness of the school.

Parkhill Junior uses a commercial and widely known programme called Target Tracker, to record the attainment and achievements of each child.