In September 2014 the Government introduced a new curriculum and also abolished National Curriculum levels that schools used to use to assess children. This has given more flexibility for individual schools to develop their own systems to track, monitor and assess pupil progress. National Curriculum 2014 sets the expectations for each year group and these expectations are higher and more demanding than the previous curriculum.
Our Assessment System
Our assessment system has been devised to be effective, robust and personalised (for the school and pupils). Our system is also child centered, rather than just reporting numbers. Our system involves our school target sheets for reading, writing and maths. Dependant on the number of targets a child has met they will be assessed as either:
WT: Working Towards the National Standard
AT: Working at the National Standard
AB: Working Above the National Standard
How we assess your child
We continually assess pupils on an ongoing basis: during lessons, through pupil observation, discussion with pupils and when marking work. Summative assessments (tests) are also used on an ongoing basis to determine outcomes against end of year expectations. Regular pupil self-assessment and peer assessment will be encouraged and used throughout the school. Pupils will be assessed on a ‘scale’ which allows the school to track progress and set high expectations.
How we report to parents and carers
In autumn and spring we will report a pupil’s effort grade in each subject and an overall behaviour grade. Copies of reading, writing and maths target sheets will be copied and sent home. These target sheets will be the main discussion point during Parent’s Evenings where teachers will highlight what a child can do and what they need to do to meet end of year expectations.
In the summer term, in addition to effort and behaviour grades, we will provide parents with one of the following teacher assessments for reading, writing and maths.
Working Towards the National Standard
Working at National Standard
Working Above the National Standard
How we ensure high expectations
We set end of year targets for every pupil. If a pupil is working at the National Standard one year, they’ll be expected to be working at the National Standard the following year. Pupils working towards the National Standard will have additional intervention throughout the following academic year to accelerate progress. Pupils working above the National Standard will be expected to consistently work at this level by the end of each year.
Target sheets for reading, writing and maths
These sheets link to the end of year and key stage expectations set out in the 2014 National Curriculum. They also include additional targets that have been developed by staff at Parkfield to ensure high expectations. Teachers and pupils use these documents regularly to assess what a pupil can do and identify the targets they need to work on. The information on these sheets provide the basis for teacher assessment each term and these documents will be used to demonstrate the progress a pupil makes across the year.
You can find the targets for each year group by clicking on the links below.
(A large number of schools have shown interest in our targets. If you would like to use these targets at your school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for editable versions of the files.)
Assessments sent home
We regularly send assessments home - such as spelling tests, timetables tests, reading comprehensions and maths tests. This is so parents know how well your child is doing by celebrating their achievements and highlighting areas that they could need support in. We strongly believe in the home/school partnership and know that working together will help children achieve their full potential. For more information and some FAQ, please click here.
Parent's Views on the Parkfield Assessment System:
Our assessment was introduced to parents in a series of special presentations. A total of 46 sets of parents/carers attended the ‘life after levels’ presentations. 100% of those that attended, agreed or strongly agreed that they understood how we were going to assess their child using the new system.
Some comments we received after the parent’s meeting:
- I like the fact that a highlighted sheet will be used to show specific progress.
- A very useful session. Thank you for all your hard work developing this system and making it personal for the school.
- It seems an easier system to follow.
- Never understood the previous levels anyway.
- I’m worried that expectations are higher. What happens if they get to year 5 and have always been below national target and now expecting more?
- We will use the new sheets to help our boys as much as possible.
- I think the new system sounds very structured.
- Clear and easy to follow information.
- Targets seem higher which I assume is to obtain higher levels of learning as opposed to setting lower expectations. Seems a good system.
- Very clear and helpful, thank you!
- Very helpful, I feel that I now know how to help my child more with achieving his grades.
- Found the presentation really good.