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1 This is a time of change We have worked hard to introduce an assessment system for the start of this academic year. This is new to all our staff, so please bear with us as we progress through the year. There may be some teething problems, but we are optimistic that we have an informative system in place that will better support the needs of all the children at Queen's. 1

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3 The New National curriculum was introduced Levels were removed and no system was put in its place. At Queen s we took this as an opportunity to improve assessment and make it work for our school. 3

4 Levels were intended to be used to report on attainment at the end of a key stage. Levels started to be used to assess attainment more regularly and even for individual pieces of work. What was needed was a more informative system that better supported learning, hence the Government removed levels. 4

5 A working group was set up in Richmond to review assessment and decide a way forward. It was important that we were working with other schools in order to have consistency and that whatever system was agreed was reflective of our high achieving school and borough. 5

6 It was requested that schools have guiding principles for assessment and that these were published on the website. 6

7 See our website for the full version of Queen s Assessment Principles. These underpin how we assess children s learning and progress at Queen s. 7

8 There are two types of assessment formative and summative. Formative assessment is used every day in all learning and teaching and provides useful information for pupils and teachers. Children learn to be reflective and to use formative assessment to understand what their next steps in learning need to be and how to improve their work. Assessment is part of the learning and teaching cycle feeding into planning and teaching, ensuring that teaching is responsive to the needs of all children. Summative assessment i.e. statutory assessments at the end of KS1 and KS2 or more formal testing of learning. 8

9 This is an overview of the new terminology Year groups are called bands. Each subject is divided into strands and in each strand there are statements that describe what a child needs to know/understand. These statements are reflective of the expectations for each age band. There may be as many as 17 statements in a strand. Some of these statements are called Key performance indicators KPI s and these are the essential statements for a child to achieve in order to be described as meeting age expectations. Progress is assessed in 6 STEPS (explained later). 9

10 This is an example: Maths is the subject and the strand is place value. This is an example of one statement out of 7 9 statements. This shows the statements across three age bands, showing how the expectations increase. As different statements are taught over the year, teachers can assess a child s understanding and grasp of the learning. This is assessed as : not begun working, working towards and achieved. This starts to build a picture of a child s understanding and highlights areas for reinforcement or extension and is informative for lesson planning. Half termly a child s progress against the statements, that have been taught, is recorded as a STEP. 10

11 At the start of the year it is hoped that most children will be working on the programme of study for their band and will have either achieved or be working towards some statements and therefore be recorded as either b or b+. (this will depend on the number of statements that a child has started work on or achieved) 11

12 At the end of the year children will have covered all the curriculum and therefore all the statements. They will be assessed against these statements and KPI s and recorded on a STEP (as slide above ). Overtime a detailed and informative picture of a child s understanding is formed, enabling teachers to identify gaps in learning and plan accordingly. 12

13 It is expected that children will make 6 steps progress in year 2 6, 5 in year 1 (as this includes transition form EYFS profile during the first half term) The curriculum is challenging and the aim is not to move through to the next band of study, but to ensure children have a secure understanding of all areas of the curriculum in their age band. Children who are working at S+ will be challenged through broadening and deepening their understanding, through higher order questioning and challenging extensions to their learning. 13

14 This is an overview of the assessment cycle demonstrating how assessment in the classroom feeds into the half termly STEP assessment, which is used to inform parent teacher meetings. 14

15 In response to parent questionnaires, where many parents stated they would like to know more about their child s progress and what they are learning, we are doing the following: 1. The website has up to date information on half termly learning medium term plans. 2. Parent teacher meetings will be based around your child s progress against the statements taught. This will give clear information on what your child is finding challenging and what they have achieved. We hope to be able to give you a print out of this, so that you can better support at home (see next slide for example). 15

16 Example of half termly progress summary. 16

17 There have been changes to the statutory tests at end of KS1 and KS2 The main changes are: All children do the same assessment paper and the questions get progressively more difficult. The focus on grammar and punctuation and the need for children to understand and use the correct vocabulary (see examples on the next slide). The focus on arithmetic. 17

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19 There have been changes to the statutory tests at end of KS2 The main changes are: All children do the same assessment paper there are no level 6 papers. There is a focus on grammar and punctuation and correct use of vocabulary. The focus on reasoning - 2 papers. Focus on arithmetic 36 questions in 30 minutes! The score will be on a scale with a range around 100 being - age expectation for end of year 6. This will not be confirmed until SATS have been completed this year. 19

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