Assessment of Children
The assessment of a child's ability can be very complex, taking into account the many aspects of work, behaviour and age. In general terms the school uses two methods for assessment:
Teachers' Continuous Assessment of Children (TA)
This provides a thorough assessment of children's attainment and is made during normal classroom activities. Teacher assessment provides an ongoing record and can be used for diagnosing and remedying individual difficulties or areas of a child's learning which need development. Teacher Assessment takes place in all classes.
Tests and Formal Assessments
All children are assessed during their first year in school. These assessments feed into the Foundation Stage Profile and this, in turn, forms the basis of the child's report at the end of year.
Year 2 and KS2 classes have small tests (eg tables and spellings) on a regular basis to support teacher assessment of individual progress. Records of tests and assessments are kept centrally to assist with monitoring throughout the school. The interpretation of these tests, together with the teacher's continuous assessment of class work, is conveyed to parents during discussion evenings.
Statutory assessments and tests takeplace in English and Maths for children at or near the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 (7 and 11 year olds). These determine what each child has achieved in relation to the National Curriculum expectations for their age.