Principles of Assessment

Principles of Assessment

We believe that every learner is at the heart of assessment and that good assessment should:

  • Develop successful learners
  • Recognise strengths and areas for development as well as clearly identifying ways for the learner to progress
  • Reflects the learners needs and bring about attainment and progress

Throughout their time at Meadowdale, children are assessed and their progress is monitored. The level of ability in each subject area is recorded and rate of progress is tracked. Results and levels are shared with children in order to set targets for improvement and provide children with opportunities to track their own learning progress, empowering them to succeed.

Our approach to assessment

  • Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is effective and that all learners are making expected progress.
  • All staff are regularly trained to use assessment as an integral teaching and learning tool.
  • We have a senior leader who is responsible for assessment to secure progress and raise attainment.

Our method of assessment

  • Assessment serves many purposes, but the main purpose of assessment in our school is to help teachers, parents and pupils plan their next steps in continuous learning.
  • We also use the outcomes of assessment to check and support our teaching standards and help us improve.
  • Through working with other schools and using external tests and assessments, we will compare our performance with that of other schools.
  • Assessment criteria are derived from the school curriculum, which is composed of the National Curriculum and our own yearly design.
  • Assessment criteria for the periodic assessment, setting out what children are normally expected to have mastered by the end of each year.
  • The achievement of each pupil is assessed against all the relevant criteria at appropriate times of the school year.
  • Where a pupil is assessed as exceeding the relevant criteria in a subject for that year they will also be assessed against the criteria in that subject for the next year. For those pupils meeting and exceeding the expected standards, we provide more challenging work.
  • Assessment judgements are recorded and backed by a body of evidence created using observations, records of work and testing.
  • Assessment judgements are moderated by colleagues in school and by colleagues in other schools to make sure our assessments are fair, reliable and valid.

Other use of assessment

  • Teachers use the outcomes of our assessments to summarise and analyse attainment and progress for their pupils and classes.
  • Teachers report to parents pupils’ progress mid-year in a written report and termly progress meetings.
  • Teachers use this data to plan the learning for every pupil to ensure they meet or exceed expectations.
  • Teachers and leaders analyse the data across the school to ensure that pupils identified as vulnerable or at a particular risk in this school are making progress and that all pupils are suitably stretched and challenged.
  • We celebrate all achievements across a broad and balanced curriculum, including sport, art and performance, behaviour, and social and emotional development.