Assessment is based on teacher observation and monitoring of children’s work.
We have detailed tracking sheets for every child for all the core subjects. There are also records kept on additional support or extension children may be receiving.
We hold parents consultations every term but teachers are always happy to make additional appointments to discuss children’s progress whenever needed. A full report is given to parents in the summer term.
Children, teachers are parents are all involved in the target setting for children. In the EYFS this is called a child’s “next steps”.
A learning journey is a pictorial and photographic record of a child’s learning over time. They start in the kindergarten and are added to by the teacher and the child at all stages of their journey through the school.
We do not enter children for formal external tests such as SATs. Children in Junior Classes sometimes have in-class tests at the end of a maths topic or for spellings but they are not done under pressured conditions.
When children start in Kindergarten the teachers observe the way each child learns and their attitudes to learning. Each child has a “Key Person” who supports them throughout their time in Kindergarten who keeps detailed observations and notes about their progress and shares these with parents.
As children do not sit standardised tests, all academic achievement is done by teacher assessment. Children are tracked according to whether they are performing “at the expected level” or significantly above or below the level expected for their age group. Information on the percentages at each level for 2015-2016 is available on request.