New Assessment Arrangements – September 2014

In June 2013, the Education Secretary, announced that National Curriculum levels for reporting attainment and progress would not be used in the new curriculum that came into force for maintained schools in September 2014.

The announcement said: ‘National Curriculum levels cease for Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 at the end of 2013/14 and for Years 2 and 6 at the end of the academic year 2014/15. Schools will be able to introduce their own approaches to formative and summative assessment, in order to support pupil attainment and progression.’

At Longshaw Primary School we have introduced the learning objectives of the new National Curriculum and during this year we will continue using our assessment procedures during this transition period.

At Longshaw Primary School we believe that:

  • Assessment is integral to high quality teaching and learning. It helps us to ensure that our teaching is appropriate and that learners are making expected progress.
  • All staff are regularly trained in our approach to assessment.
  • We have a senior leader who is responsible for assessment.

Our method of assessment at Longshaw Primary School

  • Assessment serves many purposes, but the main purpose of assessment at Longshaw Primary School is to help teachers, parents and pupils plan their next steps in learning.
  • We use the outcomes of assessment to check and support our teaching standards and help us improve daily, weekly and during a half term.
  • Through working with other schools and using external tests and assessments, we will continue compare our performance with that of other schools.
  • We assess pupils against assessment criteria, which are short, discrete, qualitative and concrete descriptions of what a pupil is expected to know and be able to do.

Our use of assessment at Longshaw Primary School

  • Teachers use the outcomes of our assessments to summarise and analyse attainment and progress for their pupils and classes.
  • Teachers use this data to plan the learning for every pupil to ensure they meet or exceed expectations.
  • Teachers and leaders analyse the data across the school to ensure that pupils identified as vulnerable or at particular risk in this school are making appropriate progress and that all pupils are suitably stretched.
  • The information from assessment is communicated to parents and pupils on a termly basis through a structured conversation or on a more frequent basis if required.
  • We celebrate all achievements across a broad and balanced curriculum, including sport, art and performance, behaviour, and social and emotional development.