Goldfinch Primary Assessment Principles 2018-19

Assessment Principles

Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.  Goldfinch Primary has clear assessment principles and these principles are supported by our school governors.
We celebrate all achievements across a broad and balanced creative curriculum, including sport (PE and dance), art and performance (music). We also celebrate achievements in behavioural, and social and emotional development.  Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching matches the abilities and needs of all our children and that they make expected or better progress.
At Goldfinch Primary, assessment is fair and inclusive of all abilities.  We share assessments with parents, carers and pupils in an open and honest way so that next steps in learning can be supported.  Children may be working above or below the expected level for their current school year and we must ensure we value the progress of all children, including those with special needs.  Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners.


The Purpose of Assessment

Assessment serves many purposes, but the main purpose of assessment in our school is to help teachers, parents and pupils plan their next steps in learning, in order to ensure that all children make good or better than expected progress.  Teachers use the outcomes of our assessments to summarise and analyse attainment and progress for their pupils and classes.
Teachers use this data to plan the learning for every pupil to ensure they meet or exceed expectations. Teachers and leaders continually analyse the data across the school to ensure that pupils identified as vulnerable or at particular risk in this school are making appropriate progress and that all pupils are suitably stretched.  Assessment is also used to identify children who require a specific intervention, to enable them to make good or better than expected progress.


Assessment Procedures

We have robust systems and arrangements to support assessment to enable pupils to demonstrate and review their progress. All staff are regularly trained in our approach to assessment. Assessment criteria are derived from the school curriculum, which is composed of the National Curriculum and our own Creative Curriculum Framework. Assessment judgements are moderated by staff in school and by colleagues in other schools to make sure our assessments are fair and reliable. Assessments draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of pupil achievement.
We will conduct a teacher assessments at half-termly intervals throughout the year and a formal summative assessment at the end of each term. P scales are used to assess children on the SEN register and to ensure appropriate challenge and progression for these pupils.


Sharing with Parents, Carers and Pupils

Children’s progress is communicated to parents, carers and pupils on a termly basis through parents’ and carers’ evening in a structured conversation. Parents and pupils receive an annual report covering all aspects of the school curriculum. The report states clearly what pupils have achieved during the previous academic year and what the child needs to do next to develop their learning.  Assessment feedback inspires greater effort and a belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved and that all children can achieve their full potential.