St. Margaret’s CE School Assessment Principles

These core principles underpin effective assessment systems within our school and are consistent with the Department of Education recommendations.

In our school we are developing a new system for the assessment of pupils’ progress, to inform future steps in learning, to keep parents informed, to enable governors to make judgements about the school’s effectiveness, and to inform Ofsted inspections.

We are evolving an assessment system that will:

Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school, is performing

a. Allow meaningful tracking of pupils towards end of key stage expectations in the new curriculum, including regular feedback to parents through parents’ evenings and annual written reports

b. Provide information which is transferable and easily understood and covers both qualitative and quantitative assessment.

c. Differentiate attainment between pupils of different abilities, giving early recognition of pupils who are falling behind and those who are excelling.

d. Are reliable and free from bias.

Help drive improvement for pupils and teachers

a. Are closely linked to improving and maintaining the quality of teaching.

b. Ensure feedback to pupils contributes to improved learning and is focused on specific and tangible objectives.

c. Produce recordable measures which can demonstrate comparison against expected standards and reflect progress over time.

Make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation

a. Are created in consultation with those delivering best practice locally.

b. Are created in consideration of, and are benchmarked against, international best practice.



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