Assessment at Berkswell School


At Berkswell School we regard assessment as a critical means with which to improve pupils' ability in all areas. Through rigorous analysis, using our bespoke system, we are able to target children's weakest areas and assist them before it is too late.


Each teacher tracks each individual child in their class for Reading, Writing, Maths, Science and all Non-Core subjects. Using key objectives from their year, children are awarded a score of 1, 2 or 3 based on the depth of their understanding. A grade 1 represents an ability when assisted by a teacher or adult helper. Grade 2 shows that children have a secure understanding of what has been taught, without requiring adult intervention. To attain a Grade 3, children must demonstrate a deeper understanding, usually out of context or by using their knowledge to reason about other areas. For example, in Maths, a Grade 2 may be awarded for using column addition to add 8372 and 4251 correctly. A grade 3 would be awarded if children could solve this problem: 'Using 8 different digits, what is the smallest total you can make when adding 2 4-digit numbers together?

As children progress throughout the year, they will aim to achieve higher gradings across all of the objectives. By the end of the year they will be awarded a percentage score which confims whether they are working at the expected standard. 

To consolidate teachers' own judgements, we also use GL Assessment tests. A nationwide series which compares children to the average for their age. Children can expect to sit these tests in the summer term. 

(picture example of pupil tracking where each row denotes a specific pupil)




Year 1, 2 and 6 will also sit tests in the summer term. Further details and frequently asked questions can be found by following these links:


 Year 1 Phonics Check - http://www.theschoolrun.com/year-1-phonics-screening-check
Year 2 SATs - http://www.theschoolrun.com/sats/sats-year-2
Year 6 SATs - http://www.theschoolrun.com/key-stage-2-SATs-2017

We routinely run sessions for parents to discuss all annual testing prior to the children sitting the tests.

Please email the school office if you have any further questions relating to assessment. 


 
(example of a pupil progress screen, monitoring progress across each term)


(Example of a pupil target sheet)

The change from levels: explained.
 If you are looking for an explanation of the new end of year reporting arangements, including changes from 'levels' to the new 'expected standard', follow this link to watch a short video: 
Assessment in Two Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Why did it have to change?

Tim Oates, of Cambridge Assessment, talks about the rationale behind moving away from levels with the new national curriculum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q5vrBXFpm0

A friend’s child at another school is using a completely different system. Why is this?

With the removal of the level system, each school is responsible for the system which assesses the children. Therefore, it is theoretically possible that every school in the country could have a completely different system. As a school our new assessment strategies have developed on what has gone before, and now allow us to drill much further down into exactly which parts of a child’s knowledge need to be addressed in order for them to improve. 

What will we see at the end of the year?

A blank copy of the end-of-year report page which will replace the national-curriculum levels sheet is available to view here

New Assessment Report

What does ‘the expected standard’ involve?

The definitions of the 3 standards that will be awarded at the end of each year are as follows:

Working above the expected standard

A child working above the expected standard has fulfilled up to 90% of the objectives for the year. They have developed a very good understanding of the objectives covered and are able to apply their skills across the curriculum. For example: In maths, they may use their knowledge of subtraction methods to solve mathematical puzzles and investigations without it being referred to in the teacher’s explanation. They may apply their understanding of using commas to mark clauses by writing a correctly punctuated prayer in their RE books without a reminder.

Working at the expected standard

A child working at the expected standard has fulfilled up to 75% of the objectives for the year. This indicates that a child is confidently working on the curriculum for that year. In order to be working above the expected standard, a child will have to begin using these skills across the curriculum and in a wider context.

Working towards the expected standard:

A child working towards the expected standard will be working consistently on objectives for their year group and will achieve these with regular support and intervention.

 

My child is currently in Year 4 but definitely has the ability of a Year 5 child. Will they be given a standard for Year 4 or Year 5?

Children will all be awarded a standard for their current year group only. However, this does not mean they will be limited to their own year group’s work in the classroom. They will continue to be challenged as you would obviously expect. These challenges will be aiming to increase the depth of their knowledge to ensure they continue to make the same progress year after year.

Who do I contact if I have a question about assessment?

Your child’s class teacher will be able to answer most questions about the assessment of your child. Any questions about wider assessment issues can be directed to Mr Penn via the school office.