Assessment Principles

At Wordsley our mission statement 'High Expectations + Challenge = Success' is at the heart of all that we do.

In order to achieve this, we create a learning environment that is both challenging and motivating. We inspire pupils to believe that with guidance and support they can not only fulfil their potential, but exceed it.

Assessment is an integral component in driving pupil progress. Firstly, it guides teaching and learning, assisting teachers in planning for the needs of all pupils by reviewing the progress that they have made. It also arms pupils with the information and guidance that they need to enable them to make rapid and sustained progress from the moment they join us in Year 7. Finally, through communicating this effectively to parents, they are equipped to support their child to achieve their aspirations.

1. Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.

a. Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.

b. Assessment provides the opportunity for pupils to demonstrate and review their progress.

2. Assessment is appropriate.

a. The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated.

b. Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid when the assessment method is appropriate.

c. Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of pupil achievement.

d. Assessment should demand no more procedures or records than are practically required to allow pupils, their parents and teachers to plan future learning.

3. Assessment is fair honest and is inclusive of all abilities

a. Assessment outcomes are conveyed in a transparent way to assist pupils with their learning.

4. Assessment is ambitious.

a. Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards.

b. Assessment objectives set challenging expectations for learners.

5. Assessment is consistent.

a. Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure their accuracy.

b. A school's results are capable of comparison with other schools, both locally and nationally.

6. Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:

a. pupils in developing their learning;

b. parents in supporting children with their learning;

c. school leaders and governors in planning and allocating resources; and

d. government and professional bodies.

At The Wordsley School, we believe that Assessment feedback motivates and inspires a belief that more can be achieved.

This article, "Assessment Principles", was posted on 09-12-2014.