Principles of Assessment at Byron
- Assessment serves many purposes, but the main purpose of assessment in our academy is to help Byron children and teaching staff plan next steps in learning with the support of parents and carers.
- We use the outcomes of assessment to check and support our teaching standards and to help us improve.
- Through working with other schools and using external tests and assessments, we compare our performance with that of other schools, both locally and nationally.
- We assess pupils against assessment criteria which are short, discrete, qualitative and concrete and are descriptions of what a pupil is expected to know and be able to do.
- Pupils are actively encouraged to take part in their own assessments and peer assessments.
- Assessment criteria are derived from the school curriculum, which is composed of the National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum.
We have devised a Statement of our Principles for Assessment which can be found here.
Since the removal of the National Curriculum Levels in September 2014, all schools have been developing and implementing their own assessment systems for Reading, Writing and Maths.
At Oasis Academy Byron have introduced a system of milestones. The milestones include a range of targets written as learning ladders which are used by teachers for individual planning and assessments, and for children and parents to know a child's next steps. Each milestone relates to the National Curriculum expectations for each Year Group on a term by term basis.
In addition to assessing the core subjects, we use guidance from the International Primary Curriculum to assess the development of key skills in History, Geography and Science. This is being extended to more foundation subjects.
Understanding Primary Assessment
If you have a child in Year 2 or Year 6 they will be taking they national curriculum tests; the SATs. They are designed to provide information about how your child is progressing when compared to national averages.
It is important to note that they are not qualifications and do not affect your child's future options in school, but that the results are used to help teachers pitch their lessons at the appropriate level for their classes, with a view to helping children reach their full potential.
In Year 2, two new tests were introduced in 2016: An arithmetic test to check mathematic ability, and an optional test of grammar punctuation and spelling which schools may choose to administer.
In Year 6, the main changes to tests in 2016 were: The inclusion of questions to assess new areas of core national curriculum subjects and a new arithmetic test to check your child is progressing with basic mathematic fundementals.
- A scaled score of 100 is the expected standard for KS2 SATs
- In 2017 the average scaled score was 104 in reading, 104 in maths and 106 in grammar, punctuation and spelling