At Wistaston Church Lane Academy we believe that knowing what each child has achieved, and what their next steps need to be, are crucial to helping them to succeed. We regularly assess the children in order to know this.
Assessment happens in different ways:
National changes to assessment
Following the introduction of the new national curriculum, schools have been asked to develop their own system or to adopt a system that meets the needs of their learners. Schools must still be able to show evidence of the good progress that the children are making. At Church Lane we considered carefully how to proceed with this new assessment system.
How do we track and report the children's learning?
We use tracking software called 'Insight' to record assessments of the children in reading, writing, maths, science and more. Assessment data from both summative tests and class teacher assessments are inputted into Insight, and this provides and overall accurate judgement of the children's progress.
What headlines do we use to assess learning?
Our assessments show whether children are 'below', 'working towards', 'expected standard' or 'working at greater depth' against age-related expectations.
|Below||Meeting a small number of the current year group objectives; achieving objectives for a year group below the current age of the learner|
|Working Towards||Meeting some of the current year group objectives|
|Expected Standard||Consistently meeting the current year group objectives|
|Greater Depth||Meeting all objectives; learning can be applied in a range of contexts and explained to others|
When reporting pupil progress to parents, carers and external organisations we will use these terms as we believe they are clear, easy to understand, and accurately represent pupil's learning.
The headline is based on a mixture of teacher assessment and summative assessment.
How do we define expected progress at Wistaston Church Lane?
If a child is working at the expected standard in each year group then the child is making expected progress.
If a learner has specific learning difficulties then expected progress will be measured in a way that is specific to the child.
Insight Tracking allows teachers to input teacher assessment data against the specific objectives for the year group. Teachers assess children's learning by assessing performance towards these objectives. Although this is recorded formally on Insight Tracking at the end of each unit of learning, formative assessment occurs on a daily basis.
Insight Tracking can provide a judgement of a child's average depth of learning. Average depth is used by class teachers to tailor learning by addressing specific needs in lessons. Average depth is not reported to parents, carers and external organisations.
We use summative assessments frequently to assess learning. We aim to play down our use of summative assessments with the children to try to limit pressure the children may feel. These assessments add to our teacher assessments in order to give a headline for each learner.
We use summative assessments in the following ways: