Our goal at Wellington Primary School is to produce independent learners. We encourage our pupils to be creative and imaginative and develop a love of learning.
At Wellington Primary School we effectively use a combination of ‘Assessment for Learning’ and ‘Assessment of Learning’ to raise achievement.
Asssessment for Learning
Research has shown that Assessment for Learning can improve both pupils’ motivation and capacity to learn.
Assessment for learning involves using assessment in the classroom to raise pupils’ achievement. It is based on the idea that pupils will improve most if they understand the aim of their learning, where they are in relation to this aim and how they can achieve the aim (or close the gap in their knowledge).
Assessment is closely linked to teachers’ curriculum planning, since it is only by continually assessing what children have learnt and understood, that we can know what “next steps” should be planned.
Effective assessment for learning happens all the time in the classroom. It involves:
- sharing learning goals with pupils
- helping pupils know and recognise the standards to aim for
- providing feedback that helps pupils to identify how to improve
- believing that every pupil can improve in comparison with previous achievements
- both the teacher and pupils reviewing and reflecting on pupils’ performance and progress
- pupils learning self-assessment techniques to discover areas they need to improve
- recognising that both motivation and self-esteem, crucial for effective learning and progress, can be increased by effective assessment techniques.
Assessment of Learning
At Wellington Primary School assessment of learning is summative and carried out periodically e.g. at the end of a unit of work or term or year. We undertake this kind of assessment to judge how well a pupil is performing and to enable us to report conclusions.
It is also recognised that assessment of learning can make a positive contribution to assessment for learning. For example, pupils can be given the opportunity to:
- mark, moderate and review test papers.
- review their performance and set personal targets
Reporting to Parents
Reports will be descriptive. They will identify what children know, understand and can do. They will also identify areas for development. They will explain where children are in relation to age-related expectations.
To ensure a consistency of judgement, teachers will regularly moderate work within school. It is intended that moderation will also take place between local schools. Teachers will have opportunities to get together with each other and check that judgements are similar.