Regular and accurate assessment allows teachers to plan personalised and relevant learning journeys to ensure children acquire the required skills and knowledge, as well as make good progress.
At Stanmore we assess children in a variety of ways; including daily, in-class feedback to children, topic assessments, snapshot tests, moderation of children’s work, data collection periodically throughout the year, tracking pupil progress and end of Key Stage assessments in Years 2 and 6.
We use many opportunities to feed these assessments back to children, parents/carers and Governors. Our yearly cycle of pastoral and academic parents’ meetings provide parents and carers with on-going information. Teachers also take daily opportunities to talk with parents and carers as and when required. Parents and carers are always welcome to make an appointment with their child’s class teacher if they wish to discuss any aspect of their children’s learning.
We follow Hampshire’s Assessment Model to support our judgements of children’s performance against the curriculum expectations. In every school year, children will be assessed against end of year objectives for their year group. These objectives are the Age-Related Expectations (ARE)
Throughout the year children will be assessed as being:
* On track to exceed ARE
* On track to meet ARE
* Close to being on track to meet ARE
* Not on track to meet ARE
These assessments will help with target-setting and identifying the next steps that children need to cover in order to make good progress. If children are not on track to meet age-related expectations, or their end of year targets, this could be for a variety of reasons, including having Special Educational Needs (SEN), we would plan further support to ensure they make the progress we expect. Quality first teaching is always our aim, followed with intervention work inside or outside the classroom focussing on gaps in knowledge, if required.
Children are also set small step targets in reading, writing and maths. These are shared with children and parents and carers, to enable support to be received at home. Working in partnership with home encourages good attainment and progress in school.
You'll find more details in the Key Information section of our site under SEND about how we work with all children, regardless of need.