Children’s progress is assessed against attainment targets and is formally reported to parents in two Parent Consultation meetings per year and one detailed written report. Informal consultations may take place at other times at the request of the parents or the teacher.
Children are actively involved in monitoring their own learning against specific success criteria.
The children in Year 2 and 6 take part in the statutory assessments each year and other classes are assessed using formal methods each term. The Year 1 children take the phonics screening test.
Tests your child will take
Lots of schools use tests at all stages of their work. For the most part, these are part of a normal classroom routine, and support teachers’ assessment. However, at certain stages of schooling, there are also national tests which must be taken by all children in state schools.
New tests were produced for the summer of 2016 onwards to assess work from the new curriculum. Often informally known as ‘SATs’, the National Curriculum Tests are compulsory for children at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.
Children in these year groups undertake tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling.
The new National Curriculum Tests for children in Year 2 and Year 6 take place each summer from 2016. Tests for Year 6 pupils are sent away for marking, and results are reported to schools and parents at the end of the year.
Where previously these tests – and other teacher assessments – were graded in levels (normally numbering between Level 1 and Level 6 in primary school), from 2016 the tests results are reported as a scaled score, with a score of 100 representing the expected level.
In Year 4, children participate in a multiplication tables check in June. This is an on screen check of 25 questions and children will have 6 seconds to answer each question. There is no official pass mark for this check and school will use the results to identify where any additional support may be needed.
National Phonic Screening
All children in Year 1 are screened using the National Assessment materials in the summer term. If the children in Year 1 do not reach the required standard they will be retested when they are in Year 2. The 'Phonics' section on our website gives further information about the teaching of phonics.