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