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We set highly aspirational targets for our children through a thorough analysis of:
- The specific make-up of each cohort and data for schools with similar demographics
- Progress and attainment by pupils in local schools and more widely across the trust
- Statistical analysis and target-setting through external partners such as FFT
Pupil assessment and tracking
As part of our robust trust moderation processes, all schools share and moderate children’s outcomes to ensure assessments are accurate. We will also take part in all local authority moderation processes, as well as standards and performance reviews.
Through the Reception Baseline, class teachers assess children within their first few weeks in Reception. We use information from this baseline assessment alongside observations of the children to identify patterns of attainment and need within the cohort. This allows us to plan our provision and teach responsively to the children’s needs. Our observations of children take place regularly throughout the day and we use an online tool to collate and store these. Teachers and teaching assistants in EYFS carry out planned observations of individuals and small groups as well as spontaneous observations to capture significant moments of learning and development. These form a learning journey for each child along with work completed in folders and exercise books. As part of trust-wide moderation, a sample of work is shared with other NSAT schools and Early Years teachers will review and agree judgements.
KS1 and KS2 assessment
In KS1 and KS2, pupil progress in national curriculum subjects will be tracked through bespoke assessment frameworks and knowledge organisers. Every child is be assessed in the core subjects (Reading, Writing, Maths, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) on a termly basis, using our own tracking grids.
For fine-grade progress, we use standardised Reading Age and Spelling Age tests with all children on an annual basis. Children who are below age-related expectations undertake these assessments on a termly basis to monitor progress, alongside detailed, specific, and evidence-based intervention assessments. Children’s progress in mental Maths is monitored through our Instant Recall Facts programme as well as computer software such as Numbots and Times Table Rock Stars. Knowledge Organisers are used to assess children’s progress in Science and Project Based Learning. Quizzing and retrieval practice serves to embed key knowledge.
Assessment information is shared with parents at parents’ evenings and in end-of-year reports.