Assessment is essential in order to extend children’s learning. It provides a framework from which objectives can be set and it can be used to inform planning, children’s next steps, resources and training. Emmanuel School’s assessment procedures are free from bias, stereotyping and generalisation in respect of gender, class, race and stage on the SEN code of practice.
At Emmanuel we use assessment (formative assessment) during a unit of work, and this would be incorporated into our teaching. The results of these ongoing assessments directly impact teaching materials and strategies employed in the classroom. We aim, through assessment, to inform children of their next steps and this is directly linked with marking, questioning and feedback.
At various points during the year we do carry out formal (summative) assessments. Reading and spelling age tests are undertaken twice a year. We use levelled tests in May/Jun to identify individual progress, individual targets and planning. These outcomes are communicated to parents through annual reports and parents’ evenings. One report for each child is sent to parents, once a year, at the end of the summer term. These annual reports outline a child’s progress in all areas of the National Curriculum. Teachers will comment on the attainment of a pupil in terms of national age related expectations. For children at the end of Key Stages 1 & 2, additional information including details of the SATs testing will also be provided. Parents are invited to attend formal consultations with the teacher during the autumn and spring terms. Parents are welcome to discuss the progress of their child with the teacher or Head teacher at other times.
At the end of Key Stage 1 & 2 the children take the national SATs tests. The KS2 tests are externally marked. Our previous years’ SATs results can be found here (click on the link to open the document). Because of small class sizes at Emmanuel percentage scores do not give a full picture of the abilities and progress of the children. 1 child in a class of 4 amounts to 25% and can quickly distort the school’s figures.
Assessment in EYU
On entry to the school, children will be formally assessed. Results are used to inform planning and aid early identification of special educational needs. Children will be observed and assessed regularly to ensure that the next steps in learning are appropriately planned in order to help children make progress. Pupils will be assessed using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) which is based on the teacher’s ongoing observations and assessments. Details of the school EYFSP results can be found here (click on the link to open the document).