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    Assessing our pupils and tracking the progress they make is fundamental to teaching and learning.

    What assessments take place in Early Years?

    On entry to the Foundation Stage, the children undertake a ‘Baseline’ assessment to identify their strengths and areas of development. Following this, day-to-day observations and assessments of pupils’ learning builds a picture of their overall ability and shapes the teaching and activities that the teachers provide.

    What assessments take place in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2?

    In Key Stage 1, children undertake two statutory assessments. The ‘Phonic Screening Check’ takes place at the end of Year 1. These results are reported individually to the parents/carers in a letter. In Year 2, the children complete ‘End of Key Stage One National Tests’ at the, during summer term. These results are also reported individually to the parents/carers in their school report.

    In Key Stage 2, children in Year 3, 4 and 5 undertake non-statutory assessments. These are written by NFER (National Foundation for Educational research) and are standardised nationally. The results of these assessments are used to measure each child’s progress in the year, to support the teachers’ judgements made each half term, and to inform what the teachers’ teach. At the end of this Key Stage, Year 6 children undertake the ‘End of Key Stage Two National Tests’. These results are reported individually to the parents/carers in a letter.

    In all year groups, children are formally assessed in reading, spelling punctuation & grammar and mathematics at the end of each term. In writing, children complete extended writing regularly in English lessons, and in addition, they also complete one piece of unaided writing, per half term. These pieces are assessed against the objectives within the Herts for Learning assessment frame, based on the National Curriculum. All other subjects are assessed in units of work and teachers carry out their own assessments against the National Curriculum .

    How do we share progress and attainment with parents?

    Each term we hold parent consultation meetings to discuss pupils strengths and areas for development. At each parent meeting, parents receive a mid-year progress report or the end-of-year formal report.

    What happens if pupils require extra support?

    All children are monitored very carefully through day-to-day assessments and more formal measures and, if necessary, intervention strategies can be put in place to help those who have potential difficulties in some areas of the curriculum. Where necessary, the SENCO will undertake more detailed assessments.

    Information for Parents

    The government have produced an "Information for Parents: 2019 national curriculum tests at the end of Key Stages  1 and 2" booklet.  This contains some useful information and if you would like to read the booklet, you can access it via this link or by clicking the link on the right-hand side. 

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