Our Approach to Assessment
In September 2015, we introduced a new system for assessment. As part of the Government's changes to education, it is now up to individual schools to develop an approach to measure and track children's attainment and progress against the new National Curriculum. We have worked closely with our Federation partner, Gordonbrock - and a number of other schools - to develop an approach, which we feel is most effective in assessing against the new curriculum.
Throughout the year, your child's attainment will be judged against the criteria set out in the year group-equivalent Standard. This on-going judgement will identify what children have achieved and what they need to do next. In addition to this, the children in Year 2 to 6 will sit in-house assessments in reading, writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) and mathematics towards the end of each term. The outcomes of these assessments will be reported to you at the start of the following term on their Achievement Ladder.
The New National Curriculum
For generations, parents have found themselves visiting primary schools with their children only to hear themselves saying, “It’s not like when I was at school.” Things change quickly in education, and at no time in the past 25 years has that been truer than September 2014 when the whole school curriculum changes for maintained schools throughout England.
This guide is intended to support parents of primary school children by providing an outline of typical content and some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works, hopefully it will help parents support their children in making the most of their education.