ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES

At Crown Hills we use an ongoing process of assessment that is at the heart of teaching and learning.

It is a fair, consistent, age and ability appropriate process that will support pupils and their parents in understanding where each pupil is on their learning journey.

It will support each pupil, whatever their ability, in achieving their potential by providing clear feedback about what they need to do next in order to progress further.

At Crown Hills we believe in the principles of assessment for learning as the following;

• It is part of effective planning

• It focuses on how students learn It is central to classroom practice

• It is a key professional skill

• It is sensitive and constructive

• It fosters motivation

• It promotes understanding of goals and criteria

• It helps learners know how to improve

• It develops the capacity for self-assessment

• It recognises all educational achievement

PUPILS

• Pupils experience a wide range of assessment procedures in order to receive an open and transparent view of their learning

• They are involved in the planning stages of their learning to enhance motivation and ownership and are given opportunities to share what they already know about a subject before further teaching takes place

• They are involved in giving and receiving feedback and this is seen as a two way process from learners to teachers about what they already know and from teachers to learners about how to move their learning forward

Within our classrooms there is a learning culture that promotes self-belief and success is fostered and effort and achievement are rewarded and inspired. Targets and next steps discussed with pupils are qualitative rather than quantitative

PARENTS

• Pupil progress is shared with parents on a termly basis, through a combination of face to face discussions and written reports. The focus of these termly opportunities is to provide information about a child’s learning journey, share successes and to discuss the next steps for learning and any support that may be required. These discussions will focus on the whole child, consider achievements and effort and promote the self-esteem of all children regardless of their ability.

SCHOOL

• Detailed analysis from assessment information plays a crucial role in School Self Evaluation to develop School Improvement Priorities, staff appraisal and strategic planning. It helps to inform stakeholders of the school including Governors and allows for comparison of schools performance nationally

• In order that this is based on fair and accurate assessment data we take part in both internal and external professional moderation opportunities

• Staff also engage in a range of professional development to ensure that they keep up to date with assessment procedures and to ensure that judgements and standards are fair and consistent

• At the end of each Key Stage the school can be compared with other schools nationally using quantitative data from school assessments

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