Underpinning the Principles of Assessment

Principles Underpinning Assessment

We believe that assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. We therefore seek to assess children’s learning and progress following the principles outlined here, in order that each child is enabled to achieve their potential.
Assessment Principles for Teaching Staff
• Assessment provides evidence to guide all teaching and learning
• Assessment processes are fair, rigorous, honest and transparent
• Assessment ensures that all children have a clear pathway of progress and development
• Assessment is focussed on specific learning objectives and success criteria
• Assessment helps teachers to allocate resources efficiently and effectively to meet the individual needs of children
• Assessment objectives set high expectations for all pupils
• Assessment draws on a wide range of evidence to provide a clear and accurate picture of each child’s achievement
• Assessment informs future target setting
• Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced teachers both in school and by external professionals
• Assessment is in line with national expectations
Our aim is to ensure that assessment feedback should inspire children and parents to recognise that with effort and a belief that through hard work, practice and support more can be achieved, in a positive learning environment.
Assessment Principles for Children
• Assessment provides children with clear knowledge of their next steps for learning
• Assessment celebrates their achievements and efforts
• Assessment is inclusive and adapted where appropriate so that all children can access the opportunities to demonstrate their learning
• Assessment is focussed on specific objectives which are stated so that children can demonstrate and review their own progress
Assessment Principles for Parents
• Assessment provides meaningful information which is readily understood about children’s progress, achievements and targets
• There are opportunities each term for parents to receive formal feedback from teachers about their child’s development, progress and achievement
• Assessment provides parents with information which helps them to support their child’s learning

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Underpinning Principles of Assessment