Nothing is learned unless it rests in pupils’ long-term memories. Assessment, therefore answers two main questions: ‘How well are pupils coping with curriculum content?’ and ‘How well are they retaining previously taught content?’
Each year allows children to build on the progress made in the previous year. We assess progress and attainment each term and have termly pupil progress meetings. These meetings allow teachers to meet with school leaders and the SENCO to discuss each child and plan intervention programmes for the children (including the more-able) who need extra support or challenge.
We regularly report to parents about how well their children are doing at parent’s evenings, review meetings and in their annual report. Our assessment process focuses on next steps in learning for individual children to fit the year group expectations. This allows teachers to ensure that all children are challenged effectively and their progress is closely monitored.