In 2014 a new national curriculum was published in England and new forms of assessment have been developed at St Barnabas. We believe that assessment provides the basis of informed teaching, helping pupils to overcome difficulties and ensuring that teaching builds upon what has been learned. It is also the means by which pupils understand what they have achieved and what they need to work on.

From September 2015 teachers will be assessing all pupils against end of Key Stage expectations for the new national curriculum. Teachers will decide if children are working towards, have met or have exceeded those expectations. You will receive this information with your child’s end of year report in July. This replaces levels such as 2A or 4C. From the summer of 2016 Year 2 and Year 6 pupils will be assessed using new national tests.


There are three main forms of assessment used at the school:

  1. In-school formative assessment which is used by teachers to evaluate learners’ knowledge and understanding on a day-to-day basis and tailor teaching accordingly.  Good formative assessment ranges from the probing question put to a pupil as they think something through, to quick recap questions at the opening of a lesson or work scrutiny, right through to informal tests.
  2. In-school summative assessment, which enables the school to evaluate how much of the curriculum a pupil has learned.  This data is recorded and evaluated at least three times each year and looks at pupil attainment against the National Curriculum and whether their understanding is judged to be emerging, developing or secure.
  3. Nationally standardised summative assessment, including at the beginning and end of Reception, at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 


Teachers are always happy to discuss children’s attainment or progress with parents.  We have parent-teacher evenings twice a year and reports are sent home at the end of the year. Please contact the school office if you want to arrange an appointment to speak to your child’s teacher at any other time.


T. 0117 377 2391 E.