Assessment at Stalyhill Infant School
We believe that effective assessment provides information to improve teaching and learning. We give learners regular feedback on their learning so that they understand what it is that they need to do better.
This allows us to base our lesson plans on a detailed knowledge of each pupil. We give parents and carers regular written and verbal reports on their child’s progress so that teachers, children and parents and carers are all working together to raise standards for all our children.
Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of assessment in our school are:
- to enable our children to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do in their learning;
- to help our children understand what they need to do next to improve;
- to allow teachers to plan work that accurately reflects the needs of each child;
- to provide regular information for parents and carers which enables them to support their child’s learning;
- to provide school leaders and governors with information that allows them to make judgements about the effectiveness of the school.
Assessment is not a singular activity. It is about measurement of performance at a given point in time and a way of gaining information to promote future learning. We acknowledge that there are two distinct types of assessment used by the school. These include:
- Assessment for learning helps to identify the next steps needed to make progress. It takes account of pupils’ strengths as well as weaknesses.
- Assessment of learning is more associated with judgements based on age related expectations and with public accountability.