To understand how our students, learn and what they know, a baseline test in the first week of the autumn term and ongoing assessment throughout the year are essential, This provides feedback for parents, teachers, and students, with the ultimate goal of improving students’ learning. There are two forms of assessment: formative and summative:
Teacher assessment is conducted by teachers during the learning process in every lesson in order to modify teaching and learning activities and improve student attainment. It typically involves qualitative feedback for the student and focuses on the details of content and student performance. Teachers, throughout every lesson, will be assessing the students’ learning and adapting or reinforcing learning to ensure every student has achieved the learning outcomes.
At the end of each lesson the teacher will mark the students’ work against the success criteria of the lesson which will be clearly stated and understood by each student in the class. This will then determine the learning that will take place in the next lesson for each student. This way each student has their own learning path and means that the teacher will know, at all times, what each student has learnt and their next targets. Teacher assessment will also happen at the end of each topic across the curriculum.
Summative assessment monitors outcomes, often for the purpose of external accountability, for example, to compare NGPS results with the results of schools in England. Summative assessment results will be analysed so that we can adapt our curriculum or our teaching in the next year.
Formal summative testing is administered twice per year at NGPS followed by a report for parents that includes the test results plus targets for future learning. Each class in KS 1 and KS2 will have a weekly spelling test and KS2 also have weekly-tables and mental mathematics test.