Assessment Without Levels
Following the introduction of a new National Curriculum framework from September 2014, the government has also decided to remove levels. The government’s policy of removing level descriptors from the National Curriculum is set out in terms of freeing schools from an imposed measure of pupil progress. The Department for Education has said that levels are not good with respect to helping parents to understand how far their child is improving. In their place, from September 2014, “it will be for schools to decide how they assess pupils’ progress.”
Why do we assess children?
- To inform how each child is performing facilitating staff to respond to individual needs and plan accordingly.
- Using continuous assessment methods to play a key role in helping schools to improve outcomes.
- Using a range of strategies to promote improvement at class level, individual pupil level, significant groups of pupil level and whole school level.
Welford’s Vision for assessment
Our vision for assessment is that it facilitates successful progress for every child, ensuring they are ready for the next phase of their learning journey.
How we will assess pupils at Welford.
- Reception – EYFS profile
- Year 1 (and 2) – Phonic checks
- Year 2 – End of KS1 assessments
- Year 6 – end of KS2 assessments
Other assessment strategies used at Welford:
- Half termly progress tests (examples: PIRA, PUMA, White Rose Hub materials)
- Marking and feedback (see our assessment policy)
- Peer to peer assessment
Tracking Progress at Welford
We use a tracking system called OTrack, this allows use to track pupils progress against the National curriculum objectives in both a formative and summative way. Formative assessment is the ongoing assessment of children’s work, summative assessment is the formal end of term / topic test.
OTrack and Formative Assessment
We use OTrack to record pupils progress against the National Curriculum objectives. We do this using a colour code system:
RED: taught but not achieved the objective
AMBER: taught some aspects of the objective are achieved
Green: taught and objective achieved
Purple: taught and objective understood at a deeper level (greater depth)
Grey: Not taught / absent
OTrack and Summative Assessment
We use OTrack to record pupil’s attainment against the National Curriculum objectives. We do this with a series of codes
SEND – Special educational needs (more in-depth tracking highlights children’s progress) please also see our SEND section on our website.
WT – Working towards
EM – Emerging
EXP – Expected
ABM – Above but not yet working at greater depth
M – working at greater depth.
How do we use our assessment information in school?
Every half term members of our senior leadership team meet with class teachers to discuss the assessment information during a pupil progress meeting. This ensures that every child’s progress is discussed so we can address success, concerns and discuss our next steps.
How do we share assessment information with parents?
At Welford we believe it is important to share our assessment information with parents.
We do this by
- Termly parent consultation meetings
- Annual reports
- Statutory assessment outcome reports
- Barriers to learning meetings
Mrs Barnes is our assessment leader, should you require any additional information about assessment at Welford please contact her and she will be happy to discuss.
Whole School Data Report 2016 - 2017
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