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Assessment Principles at Whitehall Primary School 2014

Our assessment procedures are underpinned by the following principles:

Principle 1 - Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning

  • Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.
  • Assessment provides the opportunity for pupils to demonstrate and review their progress.

Principle 2 - Assessment is fair

  • Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.
  • Assessment will focus on the specific elements that the pupils were asked to develop during that piece of work.

Principle 3 - Assessment is honest

  • Assessment outcomes are conveyed in open, honest and transparent ways to assist pupils with their learning.
  • Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure their accuracy.

Principle 4 - Assessment is ambitious

  • Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards (EYFS, Year 2 and Year 6). This will be developed across other year groups as the new curriculum becomes embedded.
  • Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every child.
  • Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners.

Principle 5 - Assessment is appropriate

  • The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated.
  • Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of pupil achievement.
  • Assessment should demand no more procedures or records that are practically required to allow pupils, their parents and teachers to plan future learning.

Principle 6 - Assessment is consistent

  • Judgements are formed according to common principles.
  • A school’s results are capable of comparison with other schools, both locally and nationally (EYFS, Year 2 and Year 6).
  • The school will seek to work with other schools for consistency.

Principle 7 - Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable

information for:

  • Pupils in developing their learning.
  • Parents in supporting their children with their learning.
  • Teachers in planning teaching and learning.
  • School leaders and governors in planning and allocating resources.
  • Government and agents of government.

Principle 8 - Assessment feedback inspires greater effort and a belief, that through hard work and practice, more can be achieved:

  • Pupils are entitled to feedback on submitted formative assessment tasks, and on summative tasks, where appropriate.