In 2014 the current national curriculum was published in England and new forms of assessment were developed in England’s schools. At 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 assessed all pupils against end of Key Stage expectations for the new national curriculum. We decide if children are at AGE RELATED EXPECTATION.

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 the teaching accordingly. Good formative assessment ranges from the probing question put to a pupil as they think something through, quick recap questions at the opening of a lesson or work scrutiny, right through to informal tests. This includes the use of PIXL tests in Y5 and Y6.

  2. In-school summative assessment, which enables the school to evaluate how much of the curriculum a pupil has learned. This data is recorded on School Pupil Tracker software and evaluated at least three times each year. It looks at pupil attainment against the National Curriculum and whether their understanding is judged to be emerging, developing or secure in relation to Age Related Expectation.

  3. Nationally statutory standardised summative assessment, including at the end of Reception, at the end of Key Stage 1 (Y2) and Key Stage 2 (Y6). In Y1 we complete the statutory phonics assessment with children. Children who do not pass in Y1 will be reassessed at the end of Y2.

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.