Assessment Principles at Whitehall Primary School
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
- 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.