Love for God - Love for each other - Love for learning
Prior to the introduction of the National Curriculum in 2014 parents and schools had successfully used Levels as a way of reporting children’s attainment and progress. League tables and comparison tables used the Levels which children achieved at the end of Primary school(KS2) to give a judgement about how well a school performs.
With effect from June 2016 this is no longer the case. There are no Levels of attainment any more and, for the time being there is no standardised method of reporting how well a child is doing. Instead, the National Curriculum breaks learning down into each year group so there is a curriculum for each year group which all children are expected to achieve. At St Osmund’s attainment is reported as:
Working below the expected standard
Working towards the expected standard
Working at the expected standard
Working above the expected standard
We believe that formative (ongoing) assessment is at the heart of effective classroom practice. The questions teachers ask of pupils, the observations they make, the attention they pay to the outcomes children produce in their books, all provide valuable information about what children can do, and what skills they need to develop next. Our teachers at St Osmund's use a simple Target Card system in each subject which they use to keep a record of what the children can do, and the gaps tell them what they need to teach next.
We also use a system of standardised tests to support the teachers' judgements, and to enable us to look in detail at the performance of children, groups and cohorts so we can evaluate the overall effectiveness of what we do, and make continual improvements.
Combined, this system of formative, and summative assessment inform teachers' planning; we are always keen to close gaps and to put in place extra support if a child is struggling. Our assessment system also helps us to communicate accurately to parents at the two Parental Consultations (Autumn & Spring terms) and in the annual written report to parents in the Summer term.
Below is a link to a document explaining the new style academic reports. I hope it is useful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.