Assessment and Praising Stars

Assessment is mapped to National Curriculum age related expectation and Level 1/2 course assessment objectives as appropriate. Progression across each subject pathway is expertly planned so that learning in any one year builds effectively to the next. Feedback is regular and timely and occurs both during the lesson and through written feedback. Students are encouraged to engage with all feedback in dedicated Student Response Time (SRT) activities.

An ethic of excellence is promoted through our PROUD practice directing students to take pride in their work and strive for accuracy. Each half term parents and students receive a Praising Stars report providing academic assessment for each subject, an effort grade, attendance and behaviour information. In the lower years students’ current performance is assessed against age related expectations mapped and benched marked across each subject’s scheme of study. In the older years, where students are studying Level 2 and GCSE courses, a prediction is made on their expected performance in the subject examination, this is informed by holistic and regular assessment.

Assessment information is used to effectively intervene with students and best meet their changing needs. Intervention is embedded into our feedback and assessment practices. A wide range of strategies are used within our teachers’ planning and responsive practices and beyond the lesson through small group tuition, after school or break time support, master classes, access to online learning programmes or in class support and targeted homework etc.