Why do we assess?
- To evaluate the curriculum and the teaching methodology
- To aid future planning
- To identify specific achievement
- To diagnose specific difficulties
- To predict future performance
- To increase motivation
- To provide information to parents and others
- To fulfil legal/contractual requirements
How are assessments made?
Assessments are made working alongside children, individually, in groups or with the whole class.
- Observing – Working/playing in different contexts
- Listening – Talking to children, teachers and other adults. Talking in different contexts.
- Questioning – Productive questioning, using both open and closed questions
- Analysing – Written, pictorial, graphs, art, drama, models
- Testing – Formative (assessment for learning) and summative (assessment of learning)
Tools for assessment
- Mark books
- Marked work
- End-of-topic tests
- Cat 4 Tests. These are completed and marked online. They are administered in the Spring Term to Form IV and above and cover four areas: Spatial, NVR, VR and Quantitative. Parents also receive a report.
- Reading age
- SWST (Single Word Spelling Test)
- NFER tests in English, mathematics and reasoning
- Form III and above take formal exams during the Autumn and Summer Term
- Common Entrance/entry exam to next school