Children are assessed regularly through a combination of teacher assessment and standardised testing. Pupils in Nursery and Reception are given baseline assessments during their first term at school. The aim is to obtain a pupil profile that will inform teachers and provide data against which further progress can be measured.
Teachers continuously monitor progress through ongoing observations, discussions and informal tests at the end of units of work. Staff use this information to indicate progress being made, to inform teaching and planning and to review and analyse the curriculum. Children are given timely feedback about their performance with the aim of helping them to set targets. Children in Key Stage 2 are taught how to develop learning and performance targets. In so doing, they can take a direct role in setting high expectations and working to achieve these.
End of Key Stage assessments take place in Year 2 and Year 6.
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