Having introduced the national curriculum in September 2014 and using the government advice on assessing without levels, together with the KS1 and KS2 teacher assessment frameworks, we have developed our own assessment and tracking systems. They are systems that use the national curriculum programmes of study as its source and ensure, through a well-sequenced and constructed school curriculum, all pupils make progress.
At Dringhouses Primary School we are committed to assessment for learning (day-to-day assessment) as well as assessment of learning. Day to day assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning cycle, informing teaching and feeding back to pupils their next steps in learning. The school makes extensive use of 'keep up, not catch up' strategies including pre-teach and intensive monitoring and feedback in the lessons. 'Learning Review' meetings take place half termly where key strategies to support learning are explored and actioned over the following weeks. Periodically (at regular points in the academic year for each pupil) all this information is gathered and feeds into the tracking system in school. The school is placing less emphasis on the collation and analysis of data with a focus on ensuring the curriculum and learning is right for each child. On that basis, there are three data captures a year.
At certain points in a pupil’s journey through Dringhouses school, statutory assessments are carried out. These take place nationally and are reported so, in addition to providing parents with key information, a picture is built up of the school’s performance. These assessments include
- the EYFS profile at the end of reception;
- the Y1 phonics check;
- teacher assessment in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 1 (KS1) informed by scores in externally set but internally marked tests (reading and mathematics). Also, teacher assessment of speaking and listening and science;
- national tests at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) in mathematics, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Also, teacher assessment of writing and science.