Assessment Policy

Approved by Staff: January 2018

Approved by Governors: 30.1.18

Review date : January 2021

Signed by Headteacher Isabel Stubbs Date: 30.1.18

Signed by Chair of Governors Fiona Hardman Date 30.1.18

At Cecil Gowing Infant School, we believe that assessment should place the child at the centre of their learning and that it should raise achievement for all. We focus on the progress of each individual child. Assessment is not a singular activity; it is both about the measurement of performance at a given point in time and an ongoing process of gaining information to promote future learning. We believe that this process should be thorough, manageable and relevant.

The purpose of assessment is:

  • To enable children to progress
  • To support children in recognising how to progress
  • To inform future planning for individuals, groups and classes
  • To summarise attainment

In addition, assessment supports teachers and the SLT in monitoring the effectiveness of teaching, learning and assessment strategies.

Good assessment practice at Cecil Gowing Infant School will:

  • raise standards of attainment and behaviour, and improve pupil attitudes and response
  • enable the active involvement of pupils in their own learning by providing effective feedback which closes the gap between present performance and future standards required
  • promote pupil self-esteem through a shared understanding of the learning processes and the routes to improvement
  • guide and support the teacher as planner, provider, facilitator, learning designer and evaluator
  • enable the teacher to adjust teaching to take account of assessment information and to focus on how pupils learn
  • draw upon as wide a range of evidence as possible using a variety of assessment activities
  • track pupil performance and in particular identify those pupils at risk of underachievement
  • provide information which can be used by teachers and the SLT/headteacher as they plan for individual pupils, groups and cohorts
  • provide information which can be used by parents or carers to understand their pupils’ strengths, weaknesses and progress
  • provide information which can be used by other interested parties
  • provide information which can be used to evaluate a school’s performance against its own previous attainment over time and against local and national standards