New Assessment Rationale
Assessment without levels…an exciting new language!
Following the introduction of a new National Curriculum framework from September 2014, the government has also decided to remove level descriptors. The government’s policy of removing level descriptors from the National Curriculum is set out in terms of freeing schools from an imposed measure of pupil progress. The Department for Education has said that levels are not very good with respect to helping parents to understand how far their child is improving. In their place, from September 2014, “it will be for schools to decide how they assess pupils’ progress”.
With levels removed and the focus now on raising the achievement of every pupil, Newington Academy’s governors, leaders and teachers have chosen a new way to measure pupil attainment and progress.
Our new assessment system
The old and new curriculum have different content. Many of the objectives in the old curriculum have shifted to lower year groups. In the new, more rigorous curriculum, this means it is not possible to have an exact correlation between a level that was the outcome of the old National Curriculum assessment and the requirements new National Curriculum, this means a shift in thinking and in the way we assess our children’s outcomes.
The school has welcomed the changes in the National Curriculum and sees it as an exciting opportunity to review our assessment and reporting systems to create a more holistic approach that makes sense to parents. We are very clear that whatever assessment tool we used, it needs to be robust and track pupils’ progress across the school and not just at the end of a Key Stage.
The principles that underpin our assessment system are:
•Every child can achieve: teachers at Newington have the mind-set, ‘What do I need to do next to enable a child in my class to achieve?’
•The National Curriculum objectives will be used as the expectations for all children.
•Children will make age appropriate progress – 12 months in 12 months.
•Teachers are experts at assessment - assessment will be effectively used to ensure the correct scaffolding is built into lessons to ensure all children achieve.
Reporting to Parents
Discussions at parent/teacher, consultation meetings and Open Evenings in the autumn and spring terms will be based on the assessment system in place for each age group. We will focus greatly upon the evidence of progress held within the pupil’s books and general work.
If there is anything at all that you wish to discuss relating to our new assessment systems or your child’s learning please do contact us. Communication is vital and often a discussion with the class teacher ensures that we are able to work together to achieve the very best standards!
Thank you for your continued support.