At West Moors Middle School, we believe that assessment should be a tool to aid learning and accelerate progress. All our teachers are regularly trained on the principles of Assessment for Learning, so that pupils receive feedback which is both timely and useful.
Perhaps the most important assessment that will take place will be the formative assessment in pupil’s books and the oral feedback given to pupils in lessons. Teachers at West Moors are asked to look at pupils’ books after each lesson and plan for detailed feedback to the class on a regular basis. This will also inform their planning for future lessons so that there is a more differentiated approach and that all pupils are making progress. Teachers complete summary feedback sheets for each class on a weekly basis and these are monitored by senior leaders.
All outcomes in books are focused on clearly communicated learning objectives. These objectives will be ticked by the teacher to indicate the outcomes achieved:
one tick = emerging
two ticks = developing
three ticks = secure (age related expectation)
four ticks = mastery (greater depth)
Pupils will be regularly asked to respond to the teachers feedback in the form of NOW tasks.
We also use summative tests across the year and submit teacher assessments several times a year. The school has adopted a system of assessment without levels, using the following progress descriptors:
|Data base symbol||Communicated to pupils||Communicated to parents|
|E||Emerging||Working below age-related expectations|
|D||Developing||Working towards age-related expectations|
|S||Secure||Working at age-related expectations|
|Working at greater depth within age-related expectations|
We aim for the majority of pupils (85%) to be working at age-related expectations in all subjects. Good progress will see pupils maintain that progress descriptor across each year. Even better progress will see pupils move towards ARE or working at greater depth.
Pupils and parents will receive a report three times a year. This will contain the following:
|Included in report||Autumn||Spring||Summer|
|Attitude to learning grades||All subjects||All subjects||All subjects|
|Progress descriptors||All subjects||All subjects||All subjects|
|Curricular target||All subjects||All subjects||All subjects|
|SEND update||As appropriate||As appropriate||As appropriate|
|Tutor summary||n/a||n/a||All pupils|
|SLT comment||n/a||n/a||All pupils|
At three points during the year (Autumn, Spring, Summer), there are invitations to parent consultations (over six evenings) whereby parents can raise questions their child’s progress or attitude in lessons – or simply to find out more about their learning. There will also be ‘book look’ opportunities, allowing parents to visit the school during the day and view their child’s books.