Assessment for Learning

Assessment is something that all staff use all the time to help ensure the learning in our classes for all the children is planned to help them each move forward.

We assess as we go – this is called Formative Assessment.

We also assess at the end of a block of teaching. This is called Summative Assessment and this is what is reported to parents at Parent Teacher meetings or in Reports. This data is also used to report children’s progress and attainment to Excalibur Academies Trust.

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Year 6 SATS

At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading
  • Maths (papers in arithmetic and reasoning)
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests are set and marked externally; the results will be used to calculate your child’s progress and the school’s performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Writing is teacher assessed and regularly moderated by the Local Authority.

Results are reported as a scaled score. The scaled score ranges from 80 to 120. A score of 100 is judged to be to be the Expected Standard (EXS) for children of that particular age range. A higher score of 110 to 120 is indicates a child is working at Greater Depth (GDS).

SATs were paused in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid 19. Although SATs were taken in May 2022 the government will not publish KS2 school level data for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. They have archived data from the 2018 to 2019 academic year because they recognise that the data from that year may no longer reflect current performance.

Our detailed school performance can be seen on the government’s ‘Find and compare schools in England’ website which can be found here

Year One Phonics Test

In Year One, the children are given national phonic tests. These assess the children’s ability to read different sounds, the building blocks of reading.

EYFS Assessments

At the end of Reception children are assessed through teacher assessment. A Good Level of Development (GLD) is defined as children working at or exceeding the expected standard in the key areas of literacy, maths, physical development, communication and language and personal, social and emotional development.

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