Assessment & Reporting
Assessment and Reporting
Assessment is an essential part of every day teaching and learning in school.
- To gather information to inform teachers’ planning
- To allow children to be involved in their own learning
- To gather information about the performance of individual children, groups and cohorts in order to inform target setting and to monitor progress
- To provide information to inform the schools strategic planning
- To inform the Governing Body our standards and achievement
- To ensure that the positive achievements of a child are recognised and the next steps are planned
- To systematically record the overall achievements of all children
Here at St Catherine's we offer our parents two formal opportunities to meet with their child's class teacher, once in the autumn term and another in the spring term. We also offer open afternoons each half term where families can come in to school to share their children's learning. In the summer term the class teachers write a summative report.
In the summer term Year 2 and Year 6 participate in the standard assessment tests (SATs), Year 1 children take part in the Phonics Screening check and the children in Reception are assessed using the Early Year Foundation Stage Profile.
Throughout the year the children's learning is assessed in a variety of ways including within lessons, weekly, half termly and termly as well as the formal end of year tests mentioned above.
As a member of Plymouth CAST, we believe that assessment should be at the heart of what we do for our pupils. Our rigorous approach to assessment is used to ensure that we clearly track the progress made by all pupils as well as identifying specific groups.
How assessments are made
We fully believe that the purpose of assessing pupils is to help improve progress and attainment for each individual pupil. To gather this information, teachers use a range of both formative and summative assessments.
Teachers will use a variety of techniques such as observations, questioning and feedback to pupils to ascertain the pupils’ understanding. This Assessment for Learning will support teachers when discussing an individual pupil’s progress with SLT, parents and the pupils themselves
We place great value in the quality of feedback given to pupils. We have a marking and feedback policy. The underpinning philosophy is that feedback to pupils is personalised and tailored to challenge each individual in order for all pupils to make progress. Feedback comes in many different forms from verbal feedback, marking comments, and ‘next steps’ in pupils’ books. It is important to us that all of these assessments help to build a picture of a pupil’s understanding and how/what to plan next in order to make progress.
Summative Assessments We test pupils for Reading and Maths in all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 using PIRA & PUMA tests. These tests will happen three times across the year. We analyse PIRA and PUMA results to inform our teachers and leaders of their next steps.
We use standardised scores in conjunction with teacher assessment to inform our judgements.
Working below ARE -95 Just below 96-99 @ARE 100-104 Secure 105-109 Greater Depth 110+
The results of the summative assessments are analysed and strengths and weaknesses identified by class teachers, subject leaders and the Senior Leadership Team.
The end of each assessment cycle, will result in the presentation of school level data to our multi academy trust (Plymouth CAST), and Trust wide analysis. We use SIMs to help track progress and attainment. SIMs is used as a tool to inform planning and identify gaps in learning. Teachers MUST still plan from the National Curriculum as all pupils MUST access the whole curriculum in order to be successful.