At English Martyrs we view assessment as a very important tool for benchmarking the starting point of a child’s education and to track progress and attainment.
In September 2014, the Department of Education changed the assessment process and schools are now expected to establish their own assessment system to suit their children.
English Martyrs have followed government guidelines and advice and pupil progress is now described using the following statements:
- Working at the expected level of attainment for his/her age
- Working below the expected level of attainment
- Working above the expected level of attainment
At the end of KS1 (Year 2) and KS2 (Year 6) pupils will undertake SATs tests that reflect the curriculum which has been taught. The outcome of the tests will give children a scaled score. Their raw score – the actual number of marks they accrue – will be translated into a scaled score this helps to allow for differences in the difficulty of the tests from year to year so that pupils’ results can be compared accurately. You will be told your child’s raw score, scaled score and whether they have reached the national standard for that subject.
Children will also be matched against ‘performance descriptors’ (in other words what pupils are expected to know and be able to do at the time of testing) when being assessed by their teachers in non-SATs subjects at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 to see if they’ve achieved the expected standard.
Further information relating the KS1 and KS2 tests can be found on the Department of Education website
When Will Children be assessed:
Alongside continuous teacher assessments, there will be national assessments as follows:
- The Phonics Screening Check in Year 1
- The end of KS1 SATs in Year 2
- The end of KS2 SATs in Year 6
School Assessment Data and Policies:
One of the most valuable ways in which we assess children is through the marking of their work. Our approach to marking is formative, regular and consistent and celebrates what children have achieved as well as showing them how they can develop further in their learning.
Our School Performance tables can be viewed here.