Assessment is a continual process; we monitor the children’s progress very carefully throughout their time with us. Assessment is used by teachers to plan the next learning steps for your child. Teachers use observation, evidence from the children’s work and some tests to make their assessments. In years 1 to 4 progress is recorded against Age Related Expectations (ARE) and is described as working within a level which is Emerging, Expected or Greater Depth.
Each half term the class teacher meets with the Headteacher to discuss the progress made by each child, this ensures we can do our best to meet your child’s needs.
All parents have the opportunity to meet the class teacher in the Autumn and Spring terms each year. At these meetings progress and next steps are discussed. In the Summer term parents receive an annual report for their child, it will state how well the child has met age related expectations and what their next steps are.
In the Foundation Stage an ongoing assessment record is maintained for each pupil. At the end of the year practitioners report the final assessment in the annual school report. Outcomes are also reported to the Local Authority and Department for Education.
At St Leonard's we complete a Baseline assessment (focused observations and discussions) in the first few weeks of each child starting school.
In June a National Phonics Check is carried out with each child on a 1 to 1 basis. The results of this diagnostic check are reported to parents, the Local Authority and Department for Education. Parents are informed in the annual report.
National Curriculum SATS assessments take place in May. Children have a national assessment in Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG). The results of these are used in conjunction with observations and work samples to inform Teacher Assessments. Parents are informed in the annual report. Outcomes are also reported to the Local Authority and Department for Education.
Age related expectations replaced National Curriculum levels in 2015. We record the children's progress towards meeting the age related expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths. These assessments are forwarded to the Middle School and Local Authority at the end of year 4. Parents are informed in the annual report.
There is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s teacher each term. At these meetings you will be able to look at work, discuss progress and find out what the next learning steps for your child are.
If you have any concerns between consultation meetings please speak to the class teacher.
School reports are issued for all pupils in the Spring Term (Interim Report) and the Summer Term (End of Year Report) each year. They provide a summary of progress in all subjects.