Good assessment is at the heart of good teaching and learning. Teachers at St. Teresa's are continuously assessing the children's knowledge and understanding through questioning, class work and observations. This then informs the planning of teaching and learning that takes place in class and allows teachers to plan for the children's next steps in learning.
In addition to this 'formative' assessment, the school also assesses each child's development against his or her year group's learning objectives. This takes place each term and culminates in the end of year report to parents at the end of each school year. This assessment reflects how many of the objectives he or she has achieved and take the form 'High, Medium and Low'.
For example, if a child is in Year 3 and has achieved all or nearly all of the objectives for that year group, the assessment that is made is 'Year 3 High'. If they have achieved around half of the objectives, it will be 'Year 3 Medium' and if they are just beginning to develop their understanding of the Year 3 objectives, it will be 'Year 3 Low'. The tracking of children in this way also ensures that the school makes appropriate interventions available in order to ensure that children make good progress throughout their time at St. Teresa's.
Assessments at the end of Reception take a slightly different form as the children finish the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Children will be assessed as either 'Emerging', 'Expected' or 'Exceeding' before they enter Key Stage 1.
Some parents will be aware that the government abolished the previous nationwide system of National Curriculum 'Levels' when they introduced the current National Curriculum in 2014. As a result, schools have been asked to develop their own systems. Therefore, schools use a variety of systems and measurements and each further refines their approach on an ongoing basis.