RESULTS of Years 2 & 6 statutory end of key stage tests (click here)
At Thomas's Academy, it is understood that effective assessment enables staff to be better placed to teach children and therefore enable rapid progress. We currently measure children’s attainment and progress using Early Years scores, P-Scales, skills descriptors, levels and scaled scores. We engage in Assessment for Learning techniques to empower pupils, where appropriate, to be part of this process. Such techniques include providing pupils with opportunities to peer and self-assess their learning in relation to learning objectives set. Another method used to enable children to share responsibility for their learning is through the use of marking. Agreed marking conventions are used when providing written feedback to children in key stages 1 and 2 to ensure marking is useful. The conventions are shared with children at the start of the academic year then kept in class for further reference. Children are also encouraged to use these conventions when providing written feedback.
In Early Years, observations of children is the main assessment approach used to gain information on what children can do. This enables staff to effectively intervene and set up follow up tasks to move the children on in their learning. All children's progress and attainment in Early Years is moderated, monitored and analysed termly by the Early Years and Assessment Leaders. At the end of reception, children are assessed as to whether they have met good levels of development (GLD).
In key stages 1 and 2, a range of on-going approaches are used within class are used to inform assessments which are moderated termly. All children’s progress and attainment in spoken language, reading, writing and maths is monitored and analysed termly to inform teaching further. Some key approaches used are observations, daily work tasks, conversations with pupils and tests such as the half termly phonics test and end of unit maths tests.
In addition, pupils in Year 1 participate in a phonics screening where they are required to read words using their phonics. In Year 2 and Year 6, pupils take the statutory end of key stage tests and tasks. Recent results of these can be seen here.