Our Assessment Philosophy
At St Ann’s, we believe that all children have the right to achieve their full potential in their primary education. Not only should children be able to succeed, but they should be able to actively participate and shape their learning alongside their teachers and school setting.
We know that an outstanding assessment system involves children and parents in decision making and target setting, allows practitioners to clearly identify specific areas for improvement, and is manageable for staff ensuring they can spend the majority of their time focusing on effective and engaging teaching and learning.
Our assessment system is free from bias, stereotyping and generalising and is engrained in the centre of every learning experience our children receive.
Aims of our Assessment System
- To raise standards for all children.
- To meet expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum.
- To motivate and put children in control of their learning journey.
- To systematically identify and address specific learning needs.
- To inform and involve parents.
Our Assessment Model
Across the academic year, you will be invited to three Mentoring Conversations, one will be held in the second half of each half term (November, March/April and July) with your child’s class teacher. Mentoring Conversations replace the old style parent’s evening and provide a longer, more child focused discussion about progress and attainment. During the Mentoring Conversation, you will be able to look at your child’s PPP folder, your child’s targets and their Pupil Profile. The child is the central focus for the meeting and so the majority of dialogue will be directed towards them, this is to ensure they are actively participating rather than being a passive observer.
Following each assessment period, staff undergo a rigorous target setting process to generate personalised and specific targets for your child across the core subjects. These targets are crucial in ensuring that your child makes sustained progress and addresses their areas for improvement. Each child will receive three targets, one for Maths, Reading and Writing following each major assessment period. These targets will be discussed at the Mentoring Conversation to ensure the child and parents understand the target and how it can be achieved. Copies of these targets are sent home and placed in PPP files so that children have constant reminders about exactly what they are working towards.
Pupil Profiles and PPP Folders
Each child has a very important Personalised Pupil Profile (or PPP file) which will stay with them throughout their time at St Ann’s. In the PPP file is stored all the information that staff, children and parents need to be aware of in relation to academic achievement, personal achievement, progress, attitude, behaviour and support.
Pupil Profiles sum up a child’s current attainment and progress in their current year group and will be available at Mentoring Conversations. They provide a helpful snap shot of child’s current academic achievement in school.